Shanghai to lift lockdown restrictions on June 1

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Shanghai on Monday announced the end of its two-month COVID-19 lockdown, allowing the vast majority of residents of China’s largest city to leave their homes and drive their cars from Wednesday.

The news brought a wave of relief, joy and some wariness from exhausted residents.

“I’m so moved I’m going to cry,” said one Weibo user.

Most of the city’s 25million residents have been confined to their homes for almost all of the lockdown which began April 1, with curbs only eased slightly in recent weeks to allow some out for short periods of time. periods.

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People wearing face masks line up outside a store of French luxury brand Celine, at a mall reopened amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Shanghai, China, May 29, 2022 .
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People wearing face masks line up outside a store of French luxury brand Celine, at a mall reopened amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Shanghai, China, May 29, 2022 .
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Earlier this month, local authorities said they planned to fully restore normal life by next month, but it was unclear how they would achieve this amid an insistence on getting away with it. stick to China’s zero-COVID policy.

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Some locals greeted the news with disbelief, reflecting on how what was originally supposed to be a five-day lockdown has turned into a much longer ordeal than expected.

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“Please don’t lie to me,” one person posted on social media. “I’m numb,” said another.

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