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Shanghai reports first deaths due to Covid

  China on Monday reported first fatalities in Shanghai due to the ongoing Covid surge in the city where the Omicron variant continues to paralyse the country's business hub of 26 million people.
Three new deaths from Covid were reported on Sunday in Shanghai, China's National Health Commission reported on Monday.
Three unvaccinated residents - all elderly, aged from 89 to 91 years, with underlying ailments - died, out of 3,72,000 infected cases since March 1, according to data released on Monday, the Hong Kong based South China Morning Post reported.
According to its report, the mainland on Sunday reported 2,723 locally-transmitted confirmed Covid cases, of which 2,417 were in Shanghai.
Shanghai also reported 19,831 locally-transmitted asymptomatic infections of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, out of a total of 20,639 local asymptomatic carriers newly identified on the mainland, the Commission report said.
A total of 1,637 Covid patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery on the Chinese mainland on Sunday, said the daily report.
The first deaths have been reported as local authorities embarked on a plan to gradually restore production and business activity in China's commercial centre after more than two weeks of lockdown.