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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Shanghai official says handling of Covid outbreak less than expected as lockdown continues

A top Shanghai official on Saturday acknowledged the shortcomings in the city’s handling of the raging Covid-19 outbreak as it reported a record 23,600 new cases amid a lockdown crippling health care and civic infrastructure.

Addressing a press conference, deputy mayor Jong Ming said there was a need to improve handling of the outbreak, though he praised the work of frontline medics and the public’s support.

“We feel the same way about the problems that everyone raised and voiced,” Zong said at Saturday’s briefing.

“A lot of our work has not been enough, and there is still a huge gap from everyone’s expectations. We will do our best to improve,” Jong said.

Zong said epidemic prevention was “at the most critical moment, and we can’t afford the slightest shortfall”.

“We will continue to have less movement and tighter controls, to stop the spread of the pandemic as soon as possible, and to achieve a dynamic social clearing,” she said.

Zong thanked and praised medical personnel, public safety officials and volunteers for their continued efforts.

Gu Jun, director of the city’s commerce commission, also acknowledged the problems with distributing food supplies and said distribution centers, supermarkets and pharmacies should continue to operate online as much as possible.

A new round of Covid-19 screening was ordered on Saturday in Shanghai, a city of nearly 25 million, which recorded 1,015 locally transmitted symptomatic cases for Friday.

Based on the test results, the city will manage different zones according to the risk levels.

Shanghai has built over 100 temporary hospitals for the treatment of COVID-19, with more than 160,000 beds, in addition to more than 8,000 beds in eight designated hospitals.

Elsewhere in the country, provinces and cities such as Guangzhou in southern China are gearing up for an outbreak.

“Guangzhou, the capital of South China’s Guangdong province, has vowed on Saturday to secure supplies of daily necessities in the event of Covid-19 community transmission risks across the city,” the Global Times reported on Saturday.

Guangzhou’s health commission deputy director Chen Bin said during a news conference that Guangzhou is taking all prevention and control measures, including city-wide nucleic acid testing, to detect infected cases as soon as possible.

Overall, the Chinese mainland reported 1,334 new locally transmitted Covid-19 confirmed cases on Friday, down from 1,540 on Thursday, the National Health Commission (NHC) said.

Of the local confirmed cases reported on Friday, 1,015 were in Shanghai, 248 in Jilin, 13 in Zhejiang and six in Beijing.

The rest were reported in 12 provincial-level regions.

The NHC said in its daily bulletin that 23,815 new asymptomatic carriers were also observed on the Chinese mainland on Friday, including 23,737 local and 78 imported carriers.

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