For the first time since the financial hub was placed under lockdown in late March, China has acknowledged the deaths of three persons from Covid in Shanghai.
The three victims, according to a press release from the city’s health commission, were between the ages of 89 and 91, had many comorbidities, and were vaccinations.
Until today, China claimed that no one in the city had died of Covid, a claim that has been called into question.
On Monday, the city registered 22,248 instances, according to officials.
The deaths on Monday were the first Covid-related deaths confirmed by Chinese officials since March.
This announcement comes at a strange time.
To begin with, it was a miraculous stretch of credulity to believe that no one in a city of about 25 million people had succumbed to this wave of the virus up to this time.
Second, and more importantly, we know that people have died as a result of this outbreak’s Covid infection. That has been reported.
Hundreds of elderly individuals were affected at a single Shanghai hospital. According to the authorities, however, they were not certified Covid deaths. They perished, it appears, as a result of underlying issues.
So, what’s different now? In terms of clinical assessments, the answer is that nothing appears to have changed.
After testing positive, people with underlying health conditions died, but the death rate remained zero.
Although three more people have died in similar circumstances, the official death toll has risen.
Is this because the government have determined that they need to make the public aware of the dangers of this massive outbreak of a virus against which only half of China’s over 60s are completely vaccinated?
Because, up until now, this was a virus that Shanghai’s officials had warned might wreak havoc on the populace – otherwise, why would they have shut down the city? – but it had yet to kill anyone.
The three victims died in hospital despite “all efforts to resuscitate them,” according to a statement released by Shanghai’s Health Commission.
The city has been under heavy lockdown since the discovery of an Omicron-led outbreak three weeks ago.
Millions have been quarantined, and everybody who tests positive has been taken to a quarantine center.
Many people have gone to social media in recent weeks to express their dissatisfaction with the limitations and shortage of food supplies.
People have had to order food and water and wait for government deliveries of vegetables, meat, and eggs, and many are running low on supplies, according to analysts.
Delivery services, food store websites, and even the provision of government supplies have all been impacted by the lockdown extension.
However, with over 20,000 new cases filed every day, officials are running out of room. In recent weeks, the city has transformed exhibition halls and schools into quarantine centers, as well as erected makeshift hospitals.
Although the recent increase in cases in China is minor in comparison to other nations, it poses a significant challenge to China’s “zero-Covid” strategy, which employs rapid lockdowns and harsh restrictions to contain any outbreak.
China’s stance distinguishes it from the majority of other countries that are attempting to cope with the virus.
However, the Omicron variant’s greater transmissibility and milder nature have raised concerns about the strategy’s long-term viability.