COVID blockade in Shanghai, China’s largest city, will ease in a few days: officials

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Shanghai will attempt to reopen in a few days after its elimination COVID-19 broadcast, according to a city official.

Deputy Mayor Wu Qing told reporters that the goal is to achieve “elimination in society,” with any new cases in people already in solitary confinement.

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No specific information was provided other than the fact that Shanghai plans to gradually restore education, industrial production and medical services, although the authorities have already made similar commitments before.

Residents line up for mass testing at a blocking area in the Jingan District of the Puxi area of ​​western Shanghai on Monday, April 4, 2022.
(Photo AP / Chen Si)

Shanghai was scrutinized internationally last month as residents complained of a shortage of basic food and medicine.

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

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Beijing, the nation’s capital, has reported 50 cases.

Authorities resisted radical blockade measures, although restaurants and bars have been restricted to take-out and gyms are closed.

A child is swabbed during the COVID mass test on Friday May 13, 2022 in Beijing.

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

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

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

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Chinese cities have also moved to create thousands of permanents COVID-19 PCR test stations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.