China deploys army to Shanghai — Analysis

For Covid 19, the military is responsible for helping all 26 millions residents to be tested by doctors.

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) deployed more than 2,000 military medics to Shanghai on Sunday to help their civilian colleagues test the city’s entire population amid a Covid-19 outbreak. PLA Newspaper published confirmation reports that the army had been summoned.

As reported by Chinese state medias, over 10,000 health professionals from Beijing and adjacent provinces arrived to support the military.

The deployment is described as the country’s largest public-health response since the first-ever documented Covid outbreak in the city of Wuhan in late 2019. There were more than 4000 military doctors called to help.

China hit by its biggest Covid-19 outbreak

Shanghai authorities have set the ambitious goal of conducting throat swabs on all 26 million residents of China’s largest city and major financial hub.

Shanghai has become one of the country’s biggest Covid hotspots in recent weeks, with authorities initially opting for partial lockdowns affecting various parts of the city separately. Because the existing measures did not seem to be effective in containing the spread, Shanghai introduced last Monday a 2-stage lockdown to keep most people inside their homes.

With 8,581 asymptomatic and 425 symptomatic Covid-19 cases reported on April 3, the outbreak would likely have been deemed a relatively insignificant one, had it happened elsewhere; however, the Chinese government’s so-called ‘dynamic zero’ Covid strategy calls for tough measures even if the caseload is low. The policy’s key principles are testing, tracing and quarantining all positive cases and their close contacts.

Shanghai residents were instructed to test themselves and report positive results on Sunday. Nucleic acid testing was scheduled for Monday in all parts of Shanghai.

Shanghai-based Covid test subjects are placed in quarantine centres. Authorities have turned temporary quarantine centres into temporary facilities for people who are sick in hospitals, apartments, gymnasiums and blocks of flats.

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