COVID lockdown in China’s biggest city is coming to an end

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Shanghai moved closer to lifting its strict COVID lockdown on Friday, reopening transport and parks

In Pudong district, 115 bus lines were reopened on Friday.

City authorities previously reopened four of the city’s 20 subway lines and more than 250 bus lines.

More than 30 parks reopened on Thursday, with visitor numbers reduced to less than half of their maximum capacity, according to the Shanghai Daily.

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Another 70 in China’s biggest city will reopen by Tuesday.

Shanghai’s latest daily COVID case tally was below 300, with no cases outside quarantine zones.

In recent days, residents confined to their homes for weeks have been allowed to go out and shop.

A woman in protective gear stands on a street during the lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Shanghai, China May 26, 2022.
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A woman in protective gear stands on a street during the lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Shanghai, China May 26, 2022.
(REUTERS/Aly Song)

However, most of the millions of residents subject to lockdown orders were still relegated to their compounds and many shops can only make deliveries.

While most residents are working from home, leaders are punishing workplaces that flout COVID measures.

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Authorities also said on Thursday that middle and high school students could resume in-person classes from June 6.

The metropolis is set to officially emerge from China’s strict lockdown restrictions on June 1, when malls and department stores are allowed to reopen in batches.

On Wednesday, Shanghai closed the makeshift hospital at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center.

In Beijing, a smaller outbreak has forced the city to order additional rounds of mass testing and step up quarantines – although it has resisted implementing a widely criticized “zero-COVID” lockdown.

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Schools, metro lines and tourist sites are closed there and residents have been asked to avoid travel between areas of the city.

The Chinese capital has reported 29 daily cases.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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