shanghai reports 13086 new asymptomatic covid 19 cases - Shanghai reports 13,086 new asymptomatic Covid-19 cases

SHANGHAI (BLOOMBERG, REUTERS) – The major Chinese financial centre of Shanghai reported 13,086 new asymptomatic Coronavirus cases and 268 symptomatic cases on April 4, the city government said on its official WeChat channel on Tuesday (April 5).

The number of asymptomatic cases rose from 8,581 the previous day and came after a city-wide testing programme that saw more than 25 million people swabbed. The number of symptomatic cases fell from Sunday’s 425.

Shanghai went into a two-stage lockdown last week as authorities worked to contain the city’s biggest ever Covid-19 outbreak.

Its surging caseload has pushed the national daily total to levels not seen since the initial outbreak around Wuhan in early 2020 – clouding the growth outlook for the world’s second-largest economy and threatening to disrupt the global supply chain.

The worsening outbreak in Shanghai – home to the Chinese headquarters of many international companies, financial markets and the country’s largest port – also poses a growing challenge to President Xi Jinping’s zero-tolerance approach to the virus, which has evolved into ever-more elusive variants to sidestep existing curbs.

While Xi has vowed to reduce the economic and social impact of his Covid-19 fighting measures, Shanghai’s outbreak has caused a surge in local food prices as residents race to stock up on supplies, and made it difficult for residents with chronic medical conditions to get much-needed treatment.