China sends 2,000 military doctors and 10,000 medical workers to Shanghai to fight COVID outbreak and test 25 million people
Medical workers wait to board a train for Shanghai at Nanchang Railway Station in east China’s Jiangxi Province, April 3, 2022. A team of medical workers left Jiangxi Province on Sunday to Shanghai to help with COVID-19 control efforts. (Xinhua)
Medical workers are seen before leaving for Shanghai at Nanchang Railway Station in east China’s Jiangxi Province, April 3, 2022. A team of medical workers left Jiangxi Province for Shanghai on Sunday to assist COVID-19 control efforts. (Xinhua)
Chinese military authorities on Sunday dispatched more than 2,000 medical personnel to Shanghai in the fight against the highly contagious variant of Omicron, according to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army daily.
Medical personnel came from seven medical units affiliated with the army, navy and joint logistics support force. Upon arriving in Shanghai, they quickly carried out medical treatment, nucleic acid testing and other essential tasks, the newspaper said.
A medical worker performs antigen tests for an elderly resident in Shanghai, east China, April 3, 2022. (Xinhua)
Shanghai will conduct citywide nucleic acid testing on Monday to eliminate all risk points and break the chain of transmission, curbing the spread of the outbreak as soon as possible. The city of 25 million has pledged to complete mass testing within 36 hours.
Shanghai reported 425 confirmed cases and 8,581 locally transmitted asymptomatic cases on Monday, the highest daily increases since the last outbreak, bringing the total number of COVID-19 infections in the city to more than 60,000.
Regions such as Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui and Jiangxi provinces in eastern China, Tianjin in northern China and Hubei province in central China have also sent teams to help Shanghai fight the epidemic, with the total number of medical personnel from other regions supporting Shanghai reaching around 10,000.
In addition to the medical team already dispatched to Shanghai, hospitals in Jiangsu have sent 7,500 additional medical staff to the city to help with nucleic acid testing.