On Saturday, Chinese ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that China did not agree with the US State Department’s recommendation, which requested clarifications.
“We expressed our strong dissatisfaction and strong opposition to the US side’s baseless accusation of China’s epidemic prevention policy in its statement, and made solemn representations to the United States,” Zhao said in a statement.
The Chinese ministry described the COVID-19 control policy as “scientific and effective”, expressing full confidence that both Shanghai and other regions in China will overcome the new wave of the outbreak.
The US State Department has allowed non-essential staff at the US Consulate General in Shanghai to leave the country due to restrictions and a sharp increase in cases in the city.
In response, Zhao defended that local authorities in COVID-19-affected areas had provided assistance “as much as they were able to.”
Today, the local government revealed that Shanghai recorded a daily record of 24,943 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
That number is five times higher than the figure recorded on March 28 – 4,477 infections – the day the city first entered confinement.
The recovery of Covid-19 cases can lead to the easing of confinement in the eastern part of Shanghai, but only after comprehensive testing of all residents, said the deputy head of the municipal government, Zhong Ming, on Saturday.
In a press conference with local media, Zong Ming said that the city will conduct a new round of PCR tests on residents and, based on the results, will classify apartment buildings into three types: “confined”, “under control” and “under control”. ‘, with different measures for each one.
“We will implement measures that will vary by region, based on test results,” the mayor said.
Today, China’s National Health Commission announced the discovery of 1,351 new positive cases of COVID-19 – 1,318 due to local infection – in addition to 25,111 asymptomatic cases, with the vast majority recorded in Shanghai.
Health authorities guarantee that the number of deaths remains unchanged at 4,638. The last two deaths linked to Covid-19 were announced on March 19 in Jilin Province, northeast China.
Family members told the Associated Press that several patients may have died of Covid-19 at Shanghai Donghai Elderly Care, a hospital for the elderly in Shanghai, after many employees were quarantined under strict epidemiological rules.
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