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Shanghai is nearing the end of the two-month COVID-19 lockdown

BEIJING – Shanghai authorities say they will take some important steps Wednesday to reopen China’s biggest city after a two-month COVID-19 lockdown that has choked the national economy and largely confined millions of people to their homes.

Full bus and subway service will be restored, as well as basic rail links with the rest of China, Vice Mayor Zong Ming said Tuesday at a daily news briefing on the city’s outbreak.

Schools will partially reopen on a voluntary basis for students and shopping malls, supermarkets, convenience stores and drugstores will continue to gradually reopen at no more than 75% of their total capacity. Cinemas and gyms remain closed.

officials who Set June 1st as the target date for reopening in early May appear poised to accelerate the gradual easing over the past few days. Some malls and markets have reopened, and some residents have been issued passes that allow them to go out for a few hours at a time. In at least some chat groups, cynicism about the slow pace and stop-and-go nature of Tuesday’s opening gave way to excitement about the prospect can move freely in town for the first time since the end of March.

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Shanghai recorded 29 new cases on Monday, continuing a steady decline from more than 20,000 a day in April. Li Qiang, the top official of the ruling Chinese Communist Party in Shanghai, was quoted as saying at a meeting Monday that the city has made great strides in controlling the outbreak through continuous struggle.

Success had its price. Authorities imposed a suffocating city-wide lockdown as part of China’s “zero-COVID” strategy, which aims to wipe out any outbreak through mass testing and isolating all those infected in central facilities.

Schools will reopen for the last two years of high school and the third year of middle school, but students can choose to attend in person. Other classes and the kindergarten remain closed.

Beijing, the country’s capital, further eased restrictions in some counties on Tuesday. The city imposed limited lockdowns, but nowhere near citywide levels, in a much smaller outbreak that appears to be in retreat. Beijing recorded 18 new cases on Monday.

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