Covid-hit Shanghai likely to reopen on June 1

New Delhi: China’s financial hub Shanghai will reopen gradually and resume “normal life” from June 1 after stamping out its Covid-19 infections from 15 of its 16 districts, media reports said.

At present, the number of people living in “closed management areas” has dropped to no more than 1 million, and the epidemic has been effectively brought under control, according to a press conference on Covid-19 prevention.

“The city’s pandemic has been put under effective control, though the risk of resurgence still exists,” deputy mayor Zong Ming said, according to state media.

Zong announced that 15 of the city’s 16 districts have achieved “zero community transmission”, while the population within the locked-down areas has dropped to under a million.

The country’s financial hub and its 25 million residents have spent more than six weeks in an agonizing lockdown, which frustrated many, impacted the global supply chain, and contributed to a slowdown in China’s economic activity.

Zong added that Shanghai’s reopening would be carried out in stages, with movement curbs largely to remain in place until May 21 to prevent a possible rebound in infections.

“From June 1 to mid-late June, Shanghai will fully restore the normal order of production and life across the city with standard epidemic prevention and control measures, while strictly preventing any resurgence of the epidemic,” Zong was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua news agency.

“From May 22 to the end of the month, the locked-down and controlled areas will be further reduced and eventually eliminated to accelerate the shift to normality from June. Public transport, trains, and flights will gradually resume,” the Shanghai-based reported.

Supermarkets, convenience stores, and pharmacies reopened offline services from May 16, the report said, adding the reopening will be followed by wet and grocery markets, hair salons, and laundry-related businesses.

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