China’s Shanghai aims to end COVID lockdown by June 1

The Chinese city of Shanghai has announced plans to reopen gradually after spending more than six weeks in lockdown and stamping out COVID-19 transmission in 15 of its 16 districts.

The opening will be rolled out in phases, SIA reports quoting the state media's statement on Monday, with city authorities saying “normal life” will resume on June 1.

Shanghai’s first priority will be resuming industrial production and manufacturing and then commercial business, Deputy Mayor Zong Ming was quoted as saying.

Grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores will be allowed to open this week, as will in-person teaching at some schools, although anti-epidemic measures will remain in place to prevent a relapse.

Private cars and taxis will also be allowed on the streets from Monday onwards, and some public transit will resume on May 22.

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