Covid cases Latest news LIVE: Shanghai reports first COVID-19-related deaths since start of lockdown
Covid cases Latest news LIVE: Shanghai reports first COVID-19-related deaths since start of lockdown

Covid cases Latest news LIVE: Shanghai reports first COVID-19-related deaths since start of lockdown

First death in almost a month: Shanghai reported the first COVID-19 deaths since the start of its week-long shutdown, three elderly people with underlying conditions, the city council said Monday.

“The three people worsened into serious cases after being in the hospital and dying after all efforts to revive them proved ineffective,” the city said on social media.

The deceased included two women aged 89 and 91 and a man aged 91, the city said, adding that they all had a range of underlying health problems such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Shanghai, China’s largest city, has this year been crammed under a patchwork of lockdown restrictions amid the country’s worst Covid-19 outbreak since the start of the pandemic.

The eastern business hub published 22,248 new domestic cases on Monday, of which 2,417 were symptomatic, according to the Municipal Health Commission. China, where coronavirus was first discovered in late 2019, has largely slowed down new cases to a stream thanks to a zero-Covid policy of mass testing, travel restrictions and targeted shutdowns.

But the world’s most populous nation has recently struggled to curb outbreaks in several regions, mainly driven by the rapidly spreading Omicron variant. The country last reported new COVID-19 deaths on March 19, two people in the northeastern rust belt province of Jilin – the first such deaths in more than a year.

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