China’s President Xi Jinping has praised his country’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, even as Shanghai reported record case numbers.
Speaking at an event marking China’s hosting of the Winter Olympics, Mr Xi said some athletes said China deserved a gold medal for its approach.
China’s zero-Covid policy has come under strain with infections surging and signs of public anger.
Shanghai’s 25 million residents remain under lockdown.
yesterday, the city – China’s financial hub – announced a record 21,000 cases. An official said that out of 130,000 infections during the current outbreak, just one person was considered to be in a “severe condition”.
China is one of the last remaining nations still committed to eradicating Covid, in contrast to most of the world which is trying to live with the virus in its Omicron variation.

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