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Coronavirus

China raises pressure on Shanghai to toe 'zero COVID' line

Beijing sends in top health official and army medics as infections keep rising

Medical staff walk along barriers in Shanghai. New daily cases have nearly quintupled since the city entered a two-stage lockdown on March 28.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- The Chinese government has intensified its involvement in Shanghai's fight against the coronavirus, sending in a top official and army doctors to try to prevent the city's wave of infections from spilling over to the rest of the country.

Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, who is in charge of China's public health policy, arrived in Shanghai on April 2. She has urged strict adherence by Shanghai Communist Party Secretary Li Qiang and others to China's "zero COVID" strategy -- which aims to eradicate, not just contain, the virus -- and the decisions made by party leadership and the national government.

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