Shanghai locks down the whole city after testing over 25 million residents
Residential barriers are being blocked after the outbreak of COVID-19 in Shanghai on March 29. (Photo: Reuters)
Specifically, the city-wide COVID-19 testing campaign Shanghai showed that the number of new COVID-19 cases increased to more than 13,000 cases.
Job lockdown has now been implemented city-wide after restrictions in the western districts of Shanghai were extended until further notice.
At least 38,000 employees from other regions of China have been deployed to Shanghai to assist the city in fighting the epidemic. Chinese state media have described it as the largest health operation nationwide since the city of Wuhan closed in early 2020 following the world’s first outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The city’s isolation policy has been criticized for separating children from their parents and putting asymptomatic cases among those with symptoms. This is no longer an effective strategy, some public health experts say.
People wait in line for a nucleic acid test at a residential area in Shanghai on April 4. (Photo: Reuters)
Many people have shared videos on social media expressing concern about the lockdown.
Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan in charge of COVID-19 prevention has called on grassroots Party organizations to “do everything they can” to help people solve their problems, such as ensuring access to medicines. , food and water.
Thousands of Shanghai residents have been placed in isolation centers after testing positive for COVID-19 whether they have symptoms or not.
Shanghai imposed tough restrictions last week, while local authorities struggled to contain the wave COVID-19 outbreak largest in this city.
Shanghai recorded a record 13,086 new asymptomatic COVID-19 infections on April 4. (Photo: Reuters)
Wu Qianyu, an official with the Shanghai Health Commission, said: “At present, the epidemic prevention and control work in Shanghai is at the most difficult and important stage. We must adhere to the common policy. anti-epidemic, without hesitation, without wavering”.
Shanghai authorities said the city recorded a record 13,086 new asymptomatic COVID-19 infections on April 4, up from 8,581 the day before, after a testing campaign for over 25 million people across the city within 24 hours.
City authorities collected 25.7 million samples on April 4, and nearly 80% of these were tested on the morning of April 5.
The proportion of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in Shanghai is much higher than the rest, which is attributed to the screening process to detect infected people before they develop the disease. However, experts said they could not explain why symptomatic cases dropped on April 4, to 268 from 425 a day earlier.
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