Deaths of elderly patients at Shanghai hospital call China’s zero-COVID approach into question

A series of deaths at a hospital for elderly patients in Shanghai is underscoring the consequences of China’s pursuit of a zero-COVID approach amid an escalating outbreak in the city of 26 million people.

Multiple patients have died at the Shanghai Donghai Elderly Care hospital, relatives of patients told the Associated Press.

They say their loved ones were not properly cared for after caretakers who came into contact with the virus were taken away to be quarantined, in adherence to the strict pandemic regulations, depleting the hospital staff.

Family members have taken to social media to plea for help and for answers, and are demanding to see surveillance video from inside the facility after getting little to no information from the hospital.

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