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Shanghai residents rush to stock up as second stage of Covid lockdown looms

Many residents have vented frustration on social media with videos and images of crowded quarantine centres, while seeking help with medical treatment and buying food

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A food vendor holds a QR code for payment over a barrier before the second stage of a two-stage lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease, in Shanghai (Photo: Reuters)

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Residents of China's commercial capital of Shanghai scrambled on Thursday to stock up groceries as they braced for a lockdown in the city's western areas to stop the spread of COVID-19, while authorities appealed for continued compliance with curbs.

The city, home to 26 million people, is in the fourth day of a two-stage lockdown divided between the historic centre west of the Huangpu River and the financial and industrial district of Pudong in the east.

Public transport in western areas will halt, with residents confined to their homes from 3 a.m. on Friday (1900 GMT Thursday).

In central Shanghai, vegetable sellers and

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First Published: Mar 31 2022 | 4:32 PM IST

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