21 Apr 2022
Shanghai’s Number of Acute COVID-19 Cases Triple within 24 Hours
The Index Today
Shanghai has reported a marked rise in COVID-19 cases with the number of serious infections tripling within 24 hours, raising fresh concerns that the Chinese global financial hub will face a new wave of deaths even as the current outbreak appears to be peaking in the country.
According to Bloomberg News, Wu Qianyu of Shanghai’s health authority commission revealed at a briefing on Thursday that the city’s severe cases had risen by over three times from 50 to 159 in just 24 hours.
This comes after the current outbreak in China appears to be dwindling as new infections dropped to 18,495 on Wednesday for four successive days. Additionally, the country’s official COVID-19 mortality rate is one of the lowest in the world.
Shanghai’s substantial elderly population is the most vulnerable to the coronavirus with about one in five infected patients reportedly aged 60 years or above. This is due to low vaccination rates among the elderly with only 62% of them being vaccinated against COVID-19, reported Bloomberg News.
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