Shanghai releases over 11,000 Covid patients as lockdown nears third week | China
More than 11,000 recovered Covid-19 patients were discharged from Shanghai on Sunday, and health authorities stressed they must be allowed to return home despite a lockdown that has severely restricted movement in China’s biggest city.
“We hope their family and community won’t worry about them or discriminate against them,” said Wu Jinglei, director of the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission.
The city of 26 million has reported 1,006 confirmed infections and nearly 24,000 asymptomatic cases in the past 24 hours.
Shanghai has been under lockdown since March 28 and authorities said on Saturday the strict measures would be lifted in areas with no new cases in the past 14 days after another round of mass testing.
The United States on Saturday advised its citizens to reconsider travel to China, due to the “arbitrary application” of local laws and Covid-19 restrictions, including in Hong Kong, Jilin Province and Shanghai. US officials have spoken of the risk of “parents and children being separated”.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in response that China was “strongly unhappy with and firmly opposed to the US side’s groundless accusation against China’s epidemic response.”
“It should be emphasized that China’s anti-epidemic policies are effective and science-based, and we fully believe that Shanghai and other places in China will prevail against the new wave of the epidemic,” said said Zhao.
Meanwhile, Shanghai authorities said they have secured daily supplies for residents from online platforms, according to state-owned newspaper Global Times, following complaints about deliveries of food and other basic necessities. as the lockdown enters its third week.
Residents have resorted to group buying of groceries because they are not allowed to leave their buildings. Posts circulating on social media platforms such as Weibo also showed that some residents were unable to get their food orders delivered, while others posted online that they were running out of food.
Some people have said that as soon as they go to the grocery app, a day’s orders are already filled.
According to the Global Times, platforms with delivery apps, including Alibaba’s JD.com and Ele.me, were working with authorities to ensure everyone had access to vegetables, fruits and other goods.
The situation in Shanghai highlights the soaring human and economic cost of China’s zero-Covid strategy, which aims to isolate every infected person.
Meanwhile, Erjiefang, an area of the capital, Beijing, was listed as high-risk on Saturday after eight Covid-19 infections were reported there in the past two weeks.
In Guangzhou, primary and secondary schools will switch to online learning from Monday after the city of 18 million northwest of Hong Kong recorded 23 local infections since Friday, the agency reported. Xinhua official press. An exhibition center was being converted into a makeshift hospital after authorities earlier announced they would begin mass testing across the city.
China has faced some of its worst local outbreaks since the pandemic began, and the country remains closed to international travel, even as most of the world has sought ways to live with the virus.