The Shanghai Health Commission reported 39 new deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, April 23.

The figure is more than three times the 12 cases confirmed the previous day, showing an upward trend in daily fatalities. For example, on April 21, 11 deaths were confirmed, up from 7 on April 18.

As of Saturday, the megacity recorded 19,657 local asymptomatic cases, down from 20,634 cases a day earlier. In terms of symptomatic events, 1,401 patients were detected, a decrease from 2,736.

On Friday, Shanghai authorities announced that the lockdown would remain until April 26, saying they wanted to “achieve community zero-Covid as soon as possible.”

The notification came following an announcement on Thursday of a fresh round of “nine major” actions, including daily city-wide testing, limiting people’s movement, and speeding up transfers of residents to isolation sites.

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