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Shanghai Suspends Classes as Cases Surge in China: Virus Update

Healthcare workers transfer the body of a deceased patient into a mortuary at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hong Kong on March 8.

Healthcare workers transfer the body of a deceased patient into a mortuary at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hong Kong on March 8.

Photographer: Lam Yik/Bloomberg
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Shanghai suspended in-person classes for all students up to middle school from Saturday, as the highly infectious omicron variant drives a Covid-19 outbreak at a scale not seen since the start of the pandemic in Wuhan.

The nation’s daily caseload exceeded 1,000 for the first time in two years, ballooning from just over 300 cases a day in less than a week, and presenting a significant challenge to China’s zero-tolerance approach to the virus. Premier Li Keqiang said China would “continue to work to make our response more scientific and targeted.”