China’s ruling Communist Party deployed at least 38,000 health care workers to Shanghai on Monday to help the city deal with its latest Chinese coronavirus outbreak, the government said. world times reported.
“A total of 15 provincial-level regions have sent medical teams to help Shanghai fight the city’s worst outbreak since 2020,” the newspaper said on April 4.
“Most of the medical personnel who arrived in Shanghai will help with mass nucleic acid testing, while others will help ease the burden on makeshift hospital staff,” according to the publication.
Beijing also dispatched more than 2,000 Chinese military health personnel to Shanghai on April 3 to help coordinate the city’s anti-epidemiological effort.
“The medical staff was made up of seven medical units affiliated with the army, navy and joint logistics support force,” said the world times detailed on Monday citing an original report from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Daily.
More than 38,000 medical personnel from across China have been deployed to help #Shanghai from Monday in the fight against the city #Omicron epidemic, the highest number of nationwide medical aid since #Wuhan early 2020. https://t.co/HrJYP5se3j
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) April 4, 2022
China’s Communist Party has ordered Shanghai’s 26 million residents to submit their DNA for Chinese coronavirus testing from April 4 in a bid to document the latest outbreak of the disease in the city, which began in early March. On April 5, the Shanghai government extended a pre-existing partial lockdown of the city, in place since March 28, to include the entire metropolis.
“In a major test of China’s zero-tolerance strategy to stamp out the novel coronavirus, the government has expanded the lockdown to eastern parts of the city and extended restrictions in western districts until further notice, which were due to expire on Tuesday. [April 5]“, reported Reuters.
The decision to extend Shanghai’s lockdown came on Tuesday amid “growing anger over quarantine rules in the city, where latest results show just 268 symptomatic COVID-19 daily. [Chinese coronavirus] case,” the news agency observed on April 5.
Communist Party officials in charge of Shanghai have enforced a brutal quarantine policy in recent days that has seen children forcibly separated from their parents and placed in makeshift state-run hospitals. Defying widespread criticism of the child separation policy on Chinese social media platforms such as Weibo over the weekend, Shanghai Municipal Health Commission official Wu Qianyu voiced his support for the method. quarantine in comments to the press on April 4.
“The epidemic prevention and control in Shanghai is at the most difficult and critical stage,” she said at a press briefing on Monday.
“We should adhere to the general policy of dynamic release without hesitation, without hesitation,” Wu said.
Wu reportedly “insisted” at the same press conference “that children who tested positive be separated”, according to Reuters.