COVID lockdown in Shanghai, China’s largest city, will ease in days: officials

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Shanghai will attempt to reopen within days after eliminating COVID-19 transmission, a city official said.

Vice Mayor Wu Qing told reporters the goal was to achieve “elimination in society”, with any new cases in people who were already in isolation.

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No details were provided except that Shanghai plans to gradually restore education, industrial production and medical services, although authorities there have already made similar pledges.

Residents line up for mass testing at a containment area in Jingan district, Puxi area, west of Shanghai, on Monday, April 4, 2022.
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Residents line up for mass testing at a containment area in Jingan district, Puxi area, west of Shanghai, on Monday, April 4, 2022.
(AP Photo/Chen Si)

Shanghai came under international scrutiny last month as residents complained of shortages of essential medicine and food.

The city, now in the seventh week of its lockdown, reported 2,096 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

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Beijing, the national capital, has reported 50 cases.

Authorities have resisted sweeping lockdown measures, although restaurants and bars have been limited to takeout and gyms have been closed.

A child gets swabbed during a mass COVID test Friday, May 13, 2022 in Beijing.

A child gets swabbed during a mass COVID test Friday, May 13, 2022 in Beijing.
((AP Photo/Ng Han Guan))

Subways have been closed and some residential communities have been confined. Residents have been warned to avoid travel between areas of the city.

In addition, access to some major tourist sites has also been restricted, with destinations only operating at partial capacity and closing indoor exhibition halls.

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Chinese cities have also decided to set up thousands of permanent centers COVID-19 PCR test stations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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