Faced with the country's worst virus outbreak in two years, Shanghai has confined most of its 25 million people to their homes since last month, doubling down on the Communist Party's unrelenting zero-Covid approach.
China promised to try to reduce the human and economic cost of anti-disease controls, saying the virus was “under effective control” for the first time in some parts of the city.
China's gross domestic product expanded by 4.8 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier, beating analysts' expectations for a 4.4 percent gain and picking up from 4.0 percent in the fourth quarter.
Chinese financial hub says three people infected with Covid-19 died, the first time during the current outbreak that it reported deaths among coronavirus patients.
As China struggles to contain the spread of Covid-19, it's scientists race against time to upgrade existing vaccines.
Authorties in Shanghai have vowed punishment for Covid-19 lockdown violators as the country continues to pursue a strict "zero-Covid" approach aimed at eliminating transmission chains.
The US State Department also advised Americans to reconsider travelling to China "due to Covid-19-related restrictions, including the risk of parents and children being separated."
The country's strategy remains unchanged, however, with national health official Liang Wannian saying the "dynamic clearance" policy was still Shanghai's "best option".
Lockdowns imposed over China’s worst Covid outbreak has hit manufacturing and may lead to delays and higher prices across the world.
Road, rail, air travel heavily decline during the three-day Tomb Sweeping Festival holiday as authorities put curbs to battle Covid-19 outbreak across the Asian country.
China has sent more than 10,000 health workers from around the country to aid the city, including 2,000 from the military, and is mass testing residents, some of whom have been locked down for weeks.
It is China's largest public health response since it tackled the initial Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus was first discovered in early 2020.
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