There were 3,472 new local COVID-19 cases reported in China
Of these new locally transmitted cases, Shanghai, the financial center of China, reported 3,200 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases and 19,872 local asymptomatic carriers, Xinhua reported.
Apart from Shanghai, 20 other regional-level areas of mainland China have reported new local COVID-19 cases, including 174 in the northeastern province of Jilin and two in Beijing.
Shanghai authorities have imposed tough lockdown measures since March, which have locked up 25 million residents in their homes.
The Chinese government announced on April 3 that it would deploy tens of thousands of military personnel to Shanghai to assist in the mandatory testing of a total of 25 million residents for the virus that causes Kovid-19.
On April 4, Shanghai officials said the city would remain in lockdown indefinitely – meaning residents would not be allowed to leave their homes as it reviews the results of the mass Kovid test.
Meanwhile, China on Tuesday defended its coronavirus actions, causing 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)