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Covid surge hits Shanghai with crowded hospitals, empty streets

21 Dec 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

Shanghai's 25 million residents are no longer under lockdown, but many of them choose to stay at home anyway - either because they're infected with COVID or are trying to avoid it. Bloomberg reports.

Months after Shanghai endured a brutal lockdown to stop the spread of Covid, the virus is starting to make its way virtually unchecked through the megacity's 25 million population.

Hospitals are struggling to cope with the numbers of infected patients, pharmacies are turning customers away empty-handed, businesses are closing because of staff sickness, most schools have closed and usage of public transport is plummeting.

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