Shanghai outbreak slows China’s shipbuilding plans: Report
Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post on Sunday reported that the Shanghai outbreak has slowed China’s shipbuilding plans and may affect the launch of the country’s third aircraft carrier.
The People’s Liberation Army navy had been widely expected to launch the new carrier around the navy’s 73rd anniversary, on April 23.
“But the plan faces delay as the rampant pandemic in Shanghai has delayed the transport of some key components,” the newspaper reported, quoting anonymous sources.
“Construction of the Type 003 has been under way at the Jiangnan Shipyard on Shanghai’s Changxing Island since 2017 and was expected to be ready for launch early this year,” the report said.
China reported 3,504 locally-transmitted confirmed Covid cases for April 16, the National Health Commission (NHC) said in its daily bulletin on Sunday. Of the total, 3,238 cases were reported in the financial hub of Shanghai.
Thirteen other provincial-level regions on the mainland saw new local Covid-19 cases, including the northeastern province of Jilin, which reported 167 cases.
The NHC report also said that mainland China reported a total of 22,512 local asymptomatic infections, of which 21,582 cases were in Shanghai, where millions continue to be locked down.
The proportion of infections among people at risk has declined in Shanghai where 16 patients are critical, Shanghai health authorities announced on Sunday.
New infections remain high but relatively stable, Wu Jinglei, director of Shanghai municipal health commission, said during a press briefing on Sunday.
It wasn’t clear if that means Shanghai will ease lockdown restrictions in the days ahead.
Wu added that the city will continue to adhere to the “dynamic zero-case” strategy through mass nucleic acid testing supplemented by antigen screening in key areas, trying to achieve the zero cases goal in the shortest time.
As of Friday, nearly 3.6 million Shanghai residents aged 60 or above have completed their vaccination programme, which is 62% of the elderly population, Wu said.
Local authorities in Shanghai issued the first edition of epidemic prevention guidelines for the city’s industrial enterprises to resume production on Saturday, a state media report said.
The guidelines, according to state-controlled Global Times, stipulated that all district governments and authorities at different levels should actively support enterprises to resume operations and guide their epidemic prevention work using a case-by-case approach.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) on Wednesday for the first time in its history recognised China's “stated ambitions and coercive policies” as a threat to the alliance's interests, security and values in a sign of the rapid shift in European geopolitical attitudes. The much-anticipated strategic concept, the first since 2010, was released during a historic Nato summit in Madrid that saw the participation of Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Korea.
Russian President Vladimir Putin would not have started the war in Ukraine if he was a woman, said UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday days after G7 members mocked the bare-chested pictures of the Russian leader. During his interview, the British PM also emphasized that everyone wants the Russia-Ukraine war to end. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked other leaders sitting around a table. "We all have to show that we're tougher than Putin."
Health officials in South Korea on Wednesday approved the country's first domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 years or older, adding another public health tool in the fight against a prolonged pandemic.
Sri Lankan doctors and other medical staff as well as teachers will take to the streets on Wednesday to demand that the government solve a severe fuel shortage at the heart of the South Asian country's worst economic crisis in decades. The government, left with only enough fuel to last about a week, on Tuesday restricted supplies to essential services, like trains, buses and the health sector, for two weeks.
The chief of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has said there won't be a dissolution of or surrender by the group even if the peace talks with the Pakistan government succeeds. In a video released by TTP, its chief, Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, who has been leading the peace talks for the group, revealed that former Director-General of ISI and Core Commander Peshawar (Gen) Faiz Hameed has been representing the Pakistan government.