Shanghai Declares Zero-COVID Achievement

Shanghai said Tuesday it had achieved zero COVID-19 community transmissions across all its 16 districts after the strict six-week lockdown.

Zhao Dandan, deputy director of the Shanghai municipal health commission, confirmed 77 cases of COVID-19 local transmissions and 746 asymptomatic patients within quarantined areas on Monday. The city also recorded a COVID-19-related death of a 92-year-old woman with underlying medical conditions.

Zhao also said 315 COVID-19 patients recovered and had been discharged from hospitals. Another 2,872 asymptomatic patients were released from quarantine.

The local government of Shanghai imposed a two-phased lockdown on March 28. Shanghai residents had criticized the government for the strict measures, leading to food and supply shortages, cases of food poisoning from local government rations, and starvation.

Shanghai Vice-Mayor Zong Ming said residents should expect activities in the city to return to normal by late June according to its three-phase plan. She said the first phase aims to reduce local infections, the second phase to normalize the epidemic prevention and control, and the third to normalize the daily life and activities in the city.

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