China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, or CCDI, announced on April 9 that Chen Dongfa, Secretary of the Party Committee of Meilong Town, and Zhang Zhen, Mayor of Meilong Town in Minhang District, Shanghai, were dismissed from their current positions.

Based on findings from the Standing Committee of the District Committee, these officials were sacked due to ineffective execution in epidemic prevention and control.

On the same day, Li Weikang, in charge of managing personnel in the isolation hotel, was also investigated.

The Xinhong Sub-district Party Working Committee in Minhang District accused Li of leaving the hotel without authorization, violating the relevant epidemic prevention regulations in isolated areas.

A day earlier, the Chinese anti-graft watchdog announced that three division-level cadres in Pudong New Area were dismissed due to failures in controlling the pandemic. Shanghai authorities also dismissed on April 07 an airport executive and a hospital director for the same reason.

Despite stringent COVID-19 control policy, Reuters reported that Shanghai detected nearly 250,000 locally transmitted infections on Sunday, April 10, repeatedly setting new records for the ninth consecutive day.

The newspaper also reported that at least 74 officials had been sacked or reprimanded for failing to fulfill their duties in the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2022.

The Associated Press reported that Shanghai had shown no sign of disposing of its strict “zero-COVID” policy, regardless of the growing public frustration and economic concerns. The city has stuck to anti-epidemic measures like lockdowns, mass testing, and compulsory isolation mandates.

Shanghai’s citizens have long complained about shortages of medical staff, volunteers, and beds in the isolation wards. Lack of access to medical treatment for non-COVID-19 diseases and children being forcibly taken away from their parents for quarantine have also fueled public outrage.

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