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Covid-19 outbreak in Shanghai grows as first subvariant case detected

Shanghai found its first case of the most contagious BA.5 sub-strain of the omicron variant on Friday, triggering two rounds of mass testing between Tuesday and Thursday in nine districts.

Covid-19 cases in Shanghai have continued to rise as parts of China’s financial hub face more rounds of mass testing, with new subvariants offering a constant challenge to the country’s zero-tolerance approach to the virus.

The city reported 69 new infections on Sunday, the most since late May and up from 57 the day before. Cases rose sharply after a period of little to no trace of the virus, where officials declared victory over Covid and praised the way they handled a crisis that left China’s most global city closed for two months in May and June.

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Shanghai found its first case of the more contagious BA.5 sub-strain of the omicron variant on Friday, triggering two rounds of mass testing between Tuesday and Thursday in nine districts, as well as other areas where cases were found, a spokesperson said. health authority on Sunday.

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