BEIJING (AP) — Shanghai on Sunday discharged more than 11,000 recovered COVID-19 patients and health authorities stressed they must be allowed to return home despite a lockdown that has severely restricted travel in Beijing’s biggest city. China.
“We hope their family and community will not worry about them or discriminate against them,” said Wu Jinglei, director of the Shanghai 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 restrictions related to COVID-19, particularly in Hong Kong, Jilin Province and Shanghai. US officials have spoken of the risk of “parents and children being separated”.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson 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, authorities in Shanghai said they had secured daily supplies for residents from online platforms, according to state-owned newspaper Global Times, following complaints about food and drug deliveries. other essentials as the lockdown enters its third week.
Residents have resorted to group buying groceries because they are not allowed to leave their buildings. Posts circulating on social media platforms such as Weibo also show 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 you access the grocery app, a day’s orders are already filled.
According to the Global Times, platforms such as JD.com as well as Alibaba’s Ele.me delivery apps are working with authorities to ensure everyone has access to vegetables, fruits and other goods.
Shanghai shines a light on the skyrocketing human and economic cost of China’s “zero-COVID” strategy of isolating every infected person.
Separately, Erjiefang, an area of the capital Beijing, was listed as high-risk on Saturday after eight local COVID-19 infections were reported there in the past two weeks.
And in Guangzhou, primary and secondary schools will switch to online learning from Monday after the metropolis 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 is facing one of its worst local outbreaks since the pandemic began. China is still closed to international travel, even though most of the world has sought ways to live with the virus.