MANILA, Apr 26 (Mabuhay) — Seven more Filipinos in Shanghai, China tested positive for COVID-19, the country’s consul general in the Chinese financial capital said Tuesday.

The total number of confirmed infections among Filipinos in Shanghai stood at 17, Consul General Josel Ignacio said.

Of the figure, 3 have been discharged from isolation facilities while 14 are considered active cases, he added.

China is trying to contain a wave of infections in Shanghai—its biggest city—which has been almost entirely locked down for weeks. It reported 52 new COVID deaths on Tuesday.

The economic hub of 25 million people is struggling to defeat China’s worst outbreak in 2 years, despite weeks of strict measures. It has recorded over half a million cases since March 1.

Under its zero-COVID strategy, China imposed lockdowns, mass testing and travel restrictions to stamp out infections.

Ignacio reiterated that the government would provide food assistance to Filipinos affected by the lockdown.

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration will also give $200 to those who have contracted the coronavirus, he added. (MNS)

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