Shanghai Lockdown to be Lifted in Batches

Shanghai said on Friday that it will lift its lockdown in batches once virus transmission outside quarantined areas has dropped to a satisfactory level.

The Shanghai government said on its official WeChat account that the city’s epidemic was showing a ‘positive trend’ and that life in the city would return to normal soon, as long as the public followed the policy.

“Our goal is to achieve community zero-COVID as soon as possible. This is an important indication that we win this major, hard battle against the epidemic so that we can restore normal production and life order,” the Shanghai government said.

In a separate statement published late on Thursday, Shanghai announced a new round of ‘nine major’ initiatives, including more COVID-19 testing for all citizens from Friday.

According to the National Health Commission, Shanghai escalated COVID-19 testing and control in a new campaign involving ‘nine major’ actions, as 11 people infected with COVID-19 died on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Shanghai reported 15,698 new local asymptomatic coronavirus cases on Apr 21.

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