The newspaper also shared a picture drawn by a user showing Mickey Mouse sitting on a chair and telling a medical staffer in a white hazmat suit that he hadn’t been to places outside Shanghai. Titled, “When fairy tale shines upon the real world of pandemic prevention,” the picture also contained an outline of Disney castles, accompanied by fireworks, as well as the silhouettes of other Disney characters, including Minnie Mouse and Donald the Duck, waiting in a queue to be tested.

Zhang Wenhong, a well-known medical expert who leads Shanghai’s covid advisory panel, said the city’s response showed how the country has “standardized” its processes for dealing with covid. “The fireworks today show me human calmness in dealing with disasters and faith in the future,” Zhang wrote on Weibo.

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