Shanghai reports first Covid-19 deaths since start of lockdown

People line up for Covid-19 tests in a residential community under lockdown in Shanghai. The megacity today reported three people had died from Covid-19. – EPA pic, April 18, 2022.

SHANGHAI today said three people had died from Covid-19, the first official announcement of deaths from an outbreak that has plunged the megacity into a weeks-long lockdown, sparking widespread anger and rare protests.

Since last month, a patchwork of restrictions has kept most of the city’s 25 million residents confined to their homes or compounds, with daily caseloads regularly edging more than 25,000.

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