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Shanghai (China): Calling people not to hoard goods

Shanghai (China): Calling people not to hoard goods
People wait in line to get tested for COVID-19 in Shanghai, China, March 21, 2022. Photo: THX/VNA

China is experiencing the worst wave of the COVID-19 epidemic in more than two years, mainly due to the fast-spreading variant of Omicron, with Shanghai consecutively recording the highest number of new cases ever. On March 23, this city had 981 new cases, the highest ever, accounting for 20% of the total new cases of the country.

Over the past time, the Shanghai government has applied a key blockade strategy of residential areas with cases or close contact, not locking down the whole city to minimize disruption of activities. As the number of cases increased, the fear of lockdown also increased in this city of 25 million people. Currently, many stores in Shanghai are out of stock while online shopping platforms are also blocked or have no sales.

Faced with the above situation, Chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission Wu Jinglei spoke to reassure people and urged people not to follow or spread baseless information causing panic. Those who spread false rumors will be held legally responsible for this behavior.

After more than 2 years of the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, China is facing the most serious wave of disease caused by the Omicron variant. The sharp increase in the number of new cases makes it difficult for officials to implement the “No COVID” strategy, which aims to bring the number of cases in the community to zero.

The situation is even more worrying when China announced last week that only about 50% of people over 80 years old, the age at high risk of serious illness or death if infected with COVID-19, received 2 basic injections.

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