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Shanghai To Hold Online Classes Starting From Dec. 19 In Response To COVID-19 Outbreak

(CTN NEWS) – SHANGHAI – In light of worsening COVID-19 infection levels, Shanghai’s education bureau has ordered most grades to hold classes online from Monday.

According to an online statement, the bureau also asked kindergartens and childcare centers to close all in-person classes on Monday.

As a result of unprecedented protests, China lifted some of the world’s toughest COVID-19 restrictions in December.

And is now experiencing a spike in infections, with fears that the disease could spread across its 1.4 billion population during Lunar New Year.

A lockdown imposed in 11 districts across 24 high-risk areas in Shanghai ended in December.

Shanghai To Hold Online Classes Starting From Dec. 19 In Response To COVID-19 Outbreak

Students arrive at a restaurant for lunch at Minhang Experimental High School amid the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Shanghai, China, December 1, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

China’s abrupt lifting of stringent COVID-19 restrictions could result in a surge of cases and more than 1 million deaths by 2023, according to new projections by the US-based Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).

It is estimated that 322,000 deaths will occur in China by April 1, according to the group’s projections.

According to IHME director Christopher Murray, about a third of China’s population will have been infected by then.

China’s national health authority has not reported any official COVID-19 deaths since restrictions were lifted. On December 3, the last official death was reported.

A total of 5,235 people have died as a result of the pandemic.

It is impossible to sustain a policy of zero COVID

Despite China’s zero-COVID policy’s success in keeping earlier variants of the virus at bay, the high transmissibility of Omicron variants made it impossible to sustain.

Shanghai To Hold Online Classes Starting From Dec. 19 In Response To COVID-19 Outbreak

Lines are growing outside fever clinics in Shanghai, following the easing of restrictions.(Reuters: cnsphoto/China Out)

‘THE COVID’

According to a World Health Organization director, 19 infections exploded in China well before the government abruptly reversed its strict policy.

Mike Ryan, WHO’s director of emergencies, said the world’s second-largest economy needs to ramp up vaccinations.

The virus was spreading “intensively” in the nation long before the restrictions were lifted, he said at a media briefing.

“Suddenly, the disease is out of control after China lifted its restrictions,” he said.

“I believe control measures alone were not stopping the disease. China decided strategically that this was no longer the best course of action.”

In a worrying sign that a wave of infections is building, long queues have formed outside fever clinics since restrictions were loosened, even though official counts of new cases have fallen recently.

China has reported an increase in hospitalizations for four consecutive weeks, according to the WHO’s COVID-19 report for the week ending November 27.

Shanghai To Hold Online Classes Starting From Dec. 19 In Response To COVID-19 Outbreak

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“China and other countries still face the challenge of vaccinating their people adequately, with the right vaccines in the right number of doses, and when were their last vaccines given,” said Mr. Ryan.

According to Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for international affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Despite encouraging people to get boosted with a list of newer Chinese-made shots, Chinese officials are still reluctant to use foreign vaccines.

The National Health Commission of China announced on Friday that it was ramping up vaccinations and building up stocks of essential drugs and ventilators.

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