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Shanghai reports new COVID cases, hospitals' re-openings continue

By Cao Chen in Shanghai | | Updated: 2022-05-21 13:52
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A medical worker takes a swab sample from a resident for nucleic acid test in a sampling station in Huangpu district, Shanghai, May 14. [Photo by Gao Erqiang/]

Shanghai reported 84 new locally transmitted COVID-19 confirmed cases, 784 asymptomatic infections and one death, aged 89, on Friday.

The close contacts and secondary close contacts of three asymptomatic patients reported in Qingpu district yesterday tested negative in their second nucleic acid test thus far, according to the municipal health authority.

To date, 212 severe patients and 58 critically ill patients infected with COVID-19 are in treatment in the city.

Zhao Dandan, deputy director of the Shanghai Health Commission, said during Saturday's press briefing that the outpatient and emergency services as well as the inpatient and surgery services in the city's hospitals have kept increasing steadily since May.

Apart from the designated hospitals for COVID-19 treatment, all the top and secondary-level medical institutions in the city have opened to the public for outpatient and emergency services and the volume of services is now at about 40 percent of the same period of last year.

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