Relief and disbelief as Shanghai to start lifting COVID-19 lockdown

Life is set to return to something more like normal from June 1, when issued by residential buildings for people to go out for a few hours will be scrapped, public transport will resume, and residents can go back to work SHANGHAI, China – Shanghai authorities on Tuesday, May 31, began dismantling fences around housing … Read more

Some in Beijing back to work, Shanghai inches closer to ending COVID-19 lockdown

Streets in Beijing were busier on Monday, May 30, as residents in two districts were allowed to return to work, while Shanghai inched closer towards lifting its two-month old COVID-19 lockdown from Wednesday, as the number of infections across China dropped. China is alone among major countries in pursuing an uncompromising “zero COVID” policy aiming … Read more

Shanghai takes further steps towards reopening, Beijing eases COVID-19 curbs

BEIJING, China – Shanghai announced on Sunday, May 29, further steps towards returning to more normal life and lifting a two-month COVID-19 lockdown this week, while Beijing reopened parts of its public transport, some malls, gyms, and other venues as infections stabilized. The Chinese commercial hub of 25 million aims to essentially end from Wednesday, … Read more

Shanghai edges towards COVID reopening as Beijing plans to ease curbs

SHANGHAI, China – The Chinese metropolis of Shanghai inched further towards a gradual reopening from two months of grinding COVID-19 lockdown, while officials in Beijing prepared to ease curbs in parts of the capital, saying on Saturday the outbreak was under control. Shanghai aims to essentially end its lockdown from Wednesday after relaxing restrictions over … Read more

Shanghai inches towards COVID-19 reopening

‘Wear masks in public, no gathering and keep social distance,’ Deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission Zhao Dandan says SHANGHAI, China – The Chinese metropolis of Shanghai inched further towards a gradual reopening from two months of grinding COVID-19 lockdown, while the capital Beijing maintained curbs that have drastically curtailed movement even as … Read more

Shanghai takes baby steps towards ending COVID-19 lockdown

Shanghai took more gradual steps on Friday, May 27, towards lifting its COVID-19 lockdown while Beijing was investigating cases where its strict curbs were affecting other medical treatments as China soldiered on with its uneven exit restrictions. The financial hub and the capital have been hot spots, with a harsh two-month lockdown to arrest a … Read more

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