COVID rules ease in China after lockdowns in country’s biggest city

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China’s largest city on Thursday revealed further plans to ease its strict COVID lockdown measures.

In Shanghai, officials announced 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.

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As Shanghai moved to reopen, allowing some of the millions of residents confined to their homes outside to walk and shop, authorities in Beijing have stepped up quarantine efforts.

Leaders in China’s capital are punishing workplaces that flout COVID regulations, with more districts implementing work-from-home rules.

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Beijing has also ordered rounds of mass testing, closed subway lines and advised residents to avoid traveling between city districts.

Indoor dining has been banned and schools and tourist sites are closed.

However, Beijing has yet to go as far as sweeping lockdown measures.

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Shanghai’s strict “zero-COVID” strategy has been criticized internationally, particularly after reports of food and medicine shortages during weeks of strict quarantines.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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