A resident surnamed Xiao from the Pudong New Area, which is currently in lockdown, said her 63-year-old father is an esophageal cancer patient who undergoes immunotherapy once every three weeks at a hospital on the other side of the city. They had already waited for seven days before the lockdown was announced Sunday night for the appointment and now would need to wait for at least another eight days.
“Despite my father being in a consolidation therapy period, we don’t know if the half-month delay will have any impact,” Xiao told Sixth Tone. “We’re not sure whether the treatment will resume on April 5 when the lockdown is scheduled to be lifted.”
Shanghai locked down districts east of the Huangpu River, which crisscrosses the city, from Monday through Friday, and will shut the remaining parts from April 1 to 5. Authorities said the move would allow them to test the city’s population of nearly 25 million , as the city reported another daily record of 4,477 infections for Monday.