Shanghai to ease strict lockdown measures for Covid-19-free areas

Health workers at a check point during a lockdown in the Jing'an district in Shanghai on April 8, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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SHANGHAI (CAIXIN GLOBAL) - Shanghai plans to tweak its lockdown by categorising the city into three types of areas according to varying levels of risk from Covid-19, offering a glimmer of hope to its 25 million residents that strict restrictions on their movements could be eased if their residential communities meet certain conditions.

The planned adjustment comes as the city accelerates efforts to curb China's worst outbreak of the coronavirus since the early days of the pandemic, while struggling to provide basic groceries and medical care to families that have been sealed off in their homes for more than a week. The drastic lockdown measures have triggered growing public discontent.

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