Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Shanghai has eased virus locks, allowing 4 million people to leave their homes

BEIJING ( Associated Press) – Shanghai on Wednesday allowed an additional 4 million people to leave their homes as anti-virus controls tightened in China’s largest city, and the International Monetary Fund warned that global industrial production could flow while cutting China’s economic growth forecast. You are disturbed.

As a result of last week’s simplification, about 12 million people were allowed to move out of 25 million cities, health official Wu Ganyu told a news conference. He said the virus was “effectively controlled” for the first time in some parts of the city.

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In recent years, more than 4 million people have been relocated to areas under control, Wu said. Some said they would not be allowed to leave the area and that large gatherings would be banned.

Meanwhile, due to the closure of the IMF Shanghai and other industrial centers, China’s growth forecast for this year has dropped to 4.4 percent from 4.8 percent. This is less than half of last year’s 8.1 percent, less than the ruling Communist Party’s 5.5 percent.

In the latest outbreak, China’s case numbers are relatively low, but the ruling party is implementing a zero-COVID strategy that closes major cities to identify each issue.

On Wednesday, the government reported 19,927 new cases in mainland China, with the exception of 2,761 who had no symptoms. Shanghai covers 95% or 18,902 cases, of which 2,495 are symptoms.

The Shanghai City Health Agency reported on Tuesday that seven people infected with CVD-19 had died on Tuesday but that the deaths were due to cancer, heart disease and other ailments. All but two were over 60.

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After the Shanghai Inquisition, it shut down businesses on March 28 and sent most of its residents home. This led to complaints about food and medicine shortages. In Shanghai, people with positive but no signs were directed to special detention centers set up in exhibition halls and other public buildings.

According to this week’s data, economic growth slowed in the first three months of this year compared to the last quarter of 2021.

Locks in China “increase disruption elsewhere” and could increase pressure on inflation, the IMF said in a report.

The ruling party has promised tax refunds and other support to businesses, but is avoiding large-scale incentives. Economists say the strategy will take longer and Beijing may have to spend more or lower interest rates.

Chinese leaders have pledged to try to reduce the human and economic costs of controlling the disease by shifting it to a “flexible clearing” strategy that separates neighborhoods and other small areas rather than entire cities. However, Shanghai authorities have been criticized for failing to take adequate action, and many areas appear to be tightening security.

Also on Wednesday, the Ministry of Agriculture ordered all measures to interfere with the spring planting of 1.4 billion Chinese farmers. The order warned that production of wheat and other crops could be disrupted, which would increase demand for imported products and increase already high global prices.

The government said 26,760 people who had a positive diagnosis were released on Wednesday without any symptoms. That includes 25,411 people in Shanghai, some residents of quarantine centers complained of poor sanitation.

Other industrial and commercial centers in the northeast, including Changchu, Jilin and Shenyang, closed businesses in the port of Tianjin east of Beijing and south of Shenzhen and Guangzhou, imposed travel restrictions or told residents to stay home.

International automakers and other manufacturers have reduced or stopped production because suppliers could not supply.

Volkswagen AG announced this week that it has resumed production of the Changchu factory and that the automaker is considering when the Shanghai facility will open. BMW AG says the factory in Shenyang has reopened.

The government of Harbin, a city of northeast 5.3 million, on Wednesday suspended bus and subway services to prevent people from moving between districts.

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