COVID-19: Shanghai reports first deaths since lockdown

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The Chinese city of Shanghai has announced its first deaths in a COVID-19 outbreak that has plunged the financial hub into a weeks-long lockdown and sparked widespread anger and rare protests.

In a statement on Monday, the city said three people infected with COVID-19 had died on the previous day, adding that all three were elderly people with underlying conditions.

So far, the city has conducted more than 200 million nucleic acid tests since March 10 in a bid to curb China’s biggest COVID-19 outbreak.

The city reported 19,831 new daily asymptomatic COVID-19 cases on April 17, down from 21,582 on the previous day. New symptomatic cases stood at 2,417, down from 3,238.

Also, the city has conducted more than 200 million nucleic acid tests since March 10 in a bid to curb China’s biggest COVID-19 outbreak since COVID-19 was first discovered.

Meanwhile, despite the blowback, China, where the coronavirus was first detected in late 2019, is sticking to its tried-and-tested zero-COVID policy of mass testing, travel restrictions and targeted lockdowns.



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