Shanghai heading out of lockdown but China still lost in economic gloom

Shanghai, set to officially emerge from a lockdown on June 1, is quietly easing COVID-19 curbs, allowing more of its population to venture out and putting more vehicles back on its streets BEIJING, China – Pandemic-hit Shanghai, China’s financial hub, unveiled more post-lockdown plans on Thursday, May 26, as it moves towards a return to … Read more

Beijing ramps up COVID-19 quarantine, Shanghai residents decry uneven rules

Beijing stepped up quarantine efforts to end its month-old COVID-19 outbreak as fresh signs of frustration emerged in Shanghai, where some bemoaned unfair curbs with the city of 25 million preparing to lift a prolonged lockdown in just over a week. Even as China’s drastic attempts to eradicate COVID-19 entirely – its “zero-COVID” approach – … Read more

Shanghai reopens some public transport, still on high COVID-19 alert

Shanghai reopened a small part of the world’s longest subway system on Sunday, May 22, after some lines had been closed for almost two months, as the city paves the way for a more complete lifting of its painful COVID-19 lockdown next week. With most residents not allowed to leave their homes and restrictions tightening … Read more

Shanghai achieves ‘zero COVID’ status but normal life is weeks away

Data this week shows the havoc wrought on the economy by the lockdown in Shanghai and the curbs in dozens of other major cities, with retail sales and industrial output plunging at their fastest pace in more than two years in April Shanghai achieved on Tuesday, May 17, the long-awaited milestone of three consecutive days … Read more

Shanghai hunkers down for final COVID battle, Beijing outbreak stubborn

‘Nerves are frayed and people have no end goal to look forward to,’ says a resident SHANGHAI, China – Shanghai was tightening its COVID-19 lockdown for what it hoped would be the final week of its battle with the virus before it could gradually begin to ease restrictions, while Beijing kept fighting its much smaller … Read more

Tesla stutters under tighter Shanghai lockdown, Beijing keeps hunting COVID

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, China – Tesla operated its Shanghai plant well below capacity on Tuesday, May 10, showing the problems face trying to ramp up output under a tightening COVID-19 lockdown, while China’s capital kept up its fight with a small but stubborn outbreak. Many of the hundreds of companies reopening factories in Shanghai in recent weeks … Read more

Beijing kicks off fresh round of COVID-19 tests as Shanghai postpones crucial exams

Athorities also indicate a full easing is still far off and warn against complacency to stick to China’s zero-COVID goal SHANGHAI, China – China’s capital Beijing kicked off a fresh round of mass testing for COVID-19 on Saturday, May 7, and shut more bus routes and metro stations, as it seeks to avert the fate … Read more

Some in Shanghai get out for a rare stroll; Beijing tightens COVID-19 curbs

Beijing is desperate to prevent an outbreak now numbering in the dozens of new cases a day from spiraling into a crisis like the one in Shanghai Some of Shanghai’s 25 million people managed to get out on Tuesday, May 3, for short walks and shopping after enduring more than a month under a COVID-19 … Read more

As Beijing’s COVID-19 curbs tighten, hard-hit Shanghai sees signs of life

China’s capital Beijing tightened COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday, May 1, as it battled an outbreak, while Shanghai let some of its 25 million residents venture out for light and air after reporting a second day of zero infections outside of quarantine areas. Shanghai’s outbreak, which began in March, has been China’s worst since the early … Read more

Shanghai hits key milestone in COVID battle as China cases fall

Shanghai said it detected no new COVID-19 cases outside quarantine areas for Friday, April 29, a key milestone in its battle to contain the virus, which has paralysed the city of 25 million and seen Beijing scramble to avert a similar crisis. Scenes of homes and buildings in China’s most populous city being caged to … Read more