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Shanghai Covid Hopes Rise With No New Cases in Two Districts

Stringent lockdown measures have left the city struggling with loss of income, irregular food supplies, separation of families and poor quarantine conditions


Shanghai reported 16,407 new local asymptomatic coronavirus cases for April 19, down from 17,332 on the previous day. Symptomatic cases stood at 2,494, down from 3,084. Photo: Reuters

 

Shanghai reported on Wednesday no new cases of Covid-19 outside quarantined areas in two districts, raising hopes that the tide was turning in its battle against the epidemic, with some factories around the city making a gradual return to work.

In an event highly-publicised on state media, electric car company Tesla, resumed production at its Shanghai plant on Tuesday, after a stoppage of more than three weeks.

The US carmaker was on a list of 666 firms that the Chinese government said would be given priority to reopen or keep their operations running in Shanghai.

Stringent lockdown measures enforced after the outbreak began in early March have left the city’s 25 million people struggling with the loss of income, irregular food supplies, separation of families and poor quarantine conditions.

On Wednesday, Shanghai health official Wu Qianyu gave them an encouraging situation report during a daily news conference.

 

Shanghai Epidemic Showing ‘Downward Trend’

“The city’s epidemic situation in recent days has shown a downward trend, the number of streets and towns reporting more than 100 daily cases has fallen consecutively for three days, community spread has been effectively curbed,” she said.

She said the trend had resulted in a significant reduction in the number of people resident in “sealed areas,” where the strictest curbs on movement are enforced.

Shanghai reported 16,407 new local asymptomatic coronavirus cases for April 19, down from 17,332 on the previous day. Symptomatic cases stood at 2,494, down from 3,084.

City authorities said seven people infected with Covid-19 died on Tuesday, the same number as on Monday. Shanghai has reported 17 deaths since the latest outbreak began, all in the past three days.

Numerous residents, however, have said that a family member had died after contracting Covid-19 since early March, but cases had not been included in official statistics, raising doubts over their accuracy.

 

  • Reuters, with additional editing by George Russell

 

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George Russell

George Russell is a freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong who has lived in Asia since 1996. His work has been published in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, New York Post, Variety, Forbes and the South China Morning Post.

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