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Some in Shanghai allowed out to shop; end of Covid lockdown in sight

Officials are wary of the danger of new flare-ups of infection in their high-stakes effort to gradually re-open and are planning to keep most residents largely indoors this month

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Food vendors stand behind barricades of a sealed-off area, following the coronavirus disease outbreak in Shanghai (Photo: Reuters)

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More Shanghai residents were given the freedom to go out to shop for groceries for the first time in nearly two months on Thursday as authorities set out more plans for exiting the city-wide COVID-19 lockdown more fully.

The commercial hub of 25 million recorded no new infections outside quarantined areas for a fifth day in a row, further cementing its "zero COVID" status with each day.

"I feel very happy, the lifting of the lockdown is starting," shopper Zhong Renqiu said at a Carrefour supermarket in the central Changning district that had just reopened.

"We've mainly relied on government provisions and group-buys,"

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First Published: May 19 2022 | 11:25 AM IST

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