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Shanghai will allow COVID-stricken kids to stay with parents

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Following a public uproar, Shanghai is allowing at least some parents to stay with children infected with COVID-19, making an exception to a policy of isolating anyone who tests positive. The announcement came as China's largest city remained in lockdown and conducted more mass testing Wednesday following another jump in new cases. A top city health official said at a news conference that parents can apply to stay with children with "special needs" and accompany them if they fully comprehend the health risks and sign an agreement.

China's 'zero-COVID' strategy failing to hold back coronavirus in Shanghai as U.S. warns against travel

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Florida senator joins'Special Report' on the growing'control' China has over American corporations. Shanghai, a city of more than 26 million, reported about 26,000 new COVID-19 cases on Monday as China's draconian "zero-COVID" strategy has failed to hold back the omicron BA.2 subvariant despite a weeks-long lockdown. The surge in cases, which is the largest China has reported since the original outbreak in Wuhan in late 2019, comes as the U.S. State Department warned Americans against traveling to parts of China due to "arbitrary enforcement of local laws and COVID-19-related restrictions," and even "the risk of parents and children being separated." Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian defended the "zero-COVID" strategy on Monday, saying that the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party will help Shanghai "bring the epidemic under control." A health worker in protective suit takes a throat swab sample from a resident at a coronavirus testing site, Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in Beijing.

Virus testing the new normal as China sticks to 'zero-COVID'

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Thousands of COVID-19 testing booths have popped up on sidewalks across Beijing and other Chinese cities in the latest twist to the country's "zero-COVID" strategy. Lines form every day, rain or shine, even where the spread of the virus has largely stopped. Some people need to go to work.

China city mayor apologizes over COVID-19 lockdown response

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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reacts to President Biden thinking about a trip to Saudi Arabia and China's aggression against Taiwan on'The Story.' The mayor of a northeastern Chinese city on the North Korean border, that has been under lockdown for more than 50 days, has apologized for failures in his administration's work amid widespread -- but often disguised -- dissatisfaction over the government's heavy-handed approach to handling the pandemic. Dandong Mayor Hao Jianjun gave no specifics, but said government work and basic services had been "unsatisfactory," for which he offered his apologies, according to a statement issued by the city government late Monday. It is highly unusual for a ranking Communist Party official to publicly concede errors, particularly regarding the hardline "zero-COVID" policy that has been repeatedly endorsed by top officials under President and party leader Xi Jinping. Despite reporting only a handful of cases, Dandong has seen one of the strictest lockdowns in China.

Shanghai erects metal barriers in fight against COVID-19

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Author Michael Pillsbury weighs in on China's role in the American fentanyl crisis and the U.S. response to the China-Taiwan conflict on'One Nation.' Volunteers and government workers in Shanghai erected metal barriers in multiple districts to block off small streets and entrances to apartment complexes, as China hardens its strict "zero-COVID" approach in its largest city despite growing complaints from residents. In the city's financial district, Pudong, the barriers -- thin metal sheets or mesh fences -- were put up in several neighborhoods under a local government directive, according to Caixin, a Chinese business media outlet. Buildings where cases have been found sealed up their main entrances, with a small opening for pandemic prevention workers to pass through. A worker has a throat swab sample taken at a coronavirus test site set up near a commercial office complex, Sunday, April 24, 2022, in Beijing. Beijing is on alert after 10 middle school students tested positive for COVID-19, in what city officials said was an initial round of testing.