Shanghai reported 3,590 local, 19,923 asymptomatic COVID-19 cases
The recent rise in Kovid cases in the global financial hub Shanghai has led to a major disruption in supply chains, said to be due to family infections and logistics transmission. In an editorial published in the Global Times, state media acknowledged that the confinement of nearly 20 million residents in their homes and rising infections have provoked public concern.
Wu Huanyu, deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said delays in the release of screening data have led to an increase over the past few days.
According to Wu, the workload of the nucleic acid test is very high because if the mixed samples are tested positively, the suspected samples are individually tested and re-verified and subsequent epidemiological investigations are conducted to gather accurate medical and personal information while achieving the report. .
The second reason for the rising numbers is family infections and the latent and rapidly spreading symptoms of the Omicron variant, the Global Times reported.
Amid growing criticism over the Zero-Kovid policy, China on Tuesday defended its coronavirus actions, which have caused trouble in several Chinese cities, including the global financial hub Shanghai.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the country’s “dynamic” zero-Kovid policy and anti-epidemic protocols were based on the views of science and experts.
“They have effectively protected the lives and health of Chinese and foreign nationals living in China and have made significant contributions to the global fight against the pandemic. The international community, the WHO has also spoken highly of them,” he said.
The response came after the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said the COVID lockdowns had caused “significant disruption” to many companies. Nearly half of German companies have had an impact on their supply chains, according to a survey.
Further supporting the country’s COVID-19 policies, the Chinese spokesman said that although these measures have had some impact on daily life and production, the impact is limited to both duration and scope. All preventive and control measures “come at a price,” he said. (ANI)