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COVID deaths mount in Shanghai as lockdown enters fourth week

Beijing residents rush to stock up on food amid confinement worries

SHANGHAI -- The lockdown of China's commercial capital showed little sign of easing as it entered its fourth week on Monday, with Shanghai residents continuing to struggle to secure supplies while their countrymen in Beijing rushed to stock up amid signs they too could be restricted to their homes.

Shanghai officials on Monday reported 51 COVID-related deaths for the previous day, the highest daily tally recorded in China since the initial outbreak in Wuhan two years ago. The average age of those who died was 84.2 and most had preexisting conditions, officials said.

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