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China’s Shanghai reports first Covid death since start of lockdown

China’s economic hub Shanghai reported the first death of the COVID-19 outbreak along with 2,417 local confirmed coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, according to a media report on Monday.

The three people who died were between 89 and 91 and all had underlying diseases.

“Shanghai recorded 2,417 local confirmed COVID19 cases and 19,831 local asymptomatic carriers on Sunday, when three deaths occurred, senior citizens aged 89 to 91 years,” the Global Times said in a tweet.

Shanghai has reported 3,238 confirmed locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the municipal health commission said on Sunday.

According to the commission, the city also recorded 21,582 local asymptomatic carriers during that period, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Across China, cities are locking down their residents, supply lines are broken, and officials are scrambling to secure the movement of basic goods – as the government records the largest ever record of COVID-19. is in danger of spiraling into a national crisis of its own making. ,

At least 44 Chinese cities are under either complete or partial lockdown, according to a report by investment bank Nomura and Nation World News on their Thursday report, as officials try to stop the spread of the highly permeable Omicron variant.

In Shanghai, the epicenter of the country’s latest outbreak, the once unimaginable scramble for the ultra-modern financial capital has become part of the daily struggle for 25 million people.

There, residents have been forbidden to leave the confines of their apartments or housing blocks for weeks, desperate for food and freedom – some in social media clips screaming in frustration from their windows or clashing with dangerous-clad workers. have been seen doing. Even after a tentative plan for a partial easing of measures was released on Monday, there seems to be no end in sight, Nation World News reports.

The current situation may be the most important challenge for the country – and, arguably, against the zero-Covid policy for Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

As of Tuesday, health officials said more than 320,000 local COVID-19 cases had been reported in 31 provinces, including Shanghai, since March 1.

Getting supplies across the country has become a formidable challenge, with some expressways closed, and truck drivers stuck in quarantine or at thousands of highway health checkpoints.

Some cities have discouraged their residents from leaving, such as the major southern port of Guangzhou, which requires its 18 million people to show a negative COVID test if they want to exit.

Furthermore, the zero-Covid policy has sparked growing frustration and anger in Shanghai and threatens more disruption posing risks to the Communist Party.

“The economic slowdown is a huge concern,” said Alfred Wu, associate professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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