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Despite severe imprisonment, Shanghai records the deaths of 39 people on Covid-19

Beds for patients at a makeshift hospital in Shanghai, China, April 21, 2022. YANG YOUZONG / AP

The death toll at Covid-19 in Shanghai rose sharply on Sunday, April 24, despite severe restrictive measures. China’s most populous city has reported the deaths of 39 people in 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths since its detention to at least 87.

China, which has experienced the largest epidemic in two years in recent weeks, has cut nearly all 25 million people in its economic capital, Shanghai, the epicenter, since the beginning of April. Among the 39 people who died are older people suffering from pathologies such as hypertension, authorities said.

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Nearly 22,000 new positive cases were also recorded in Shanghai on Sunday, a total of almost half a million cases since the beginning of March.

“The situation is serious”

Since the beginning of the epidemic, which was originally detected in central China at the end of 2019, the country has managed to reduce the total death toll to less than 5,000 deaths and less than 200,000 contaminations, if we follow official figures much lower than international ones. But the Omicron variant hit the people of Shanghai hard, who were imprisoned indefinitely, in sometimes Spartan conditions. Low mortality is worrying, especially because of the oldest vaccinations.

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The capital, more than a thousand kilometers away, has reported 22 new cases and warned that “urgent” action is needed to stop the disease. “The situation is serious, the whole city must act immediately,” Beijing health official Pang Xinghuo told reporters on Saturday, adding that the virus was likely to have spread “invisibly” in recent years.

World with AFP