Shanghai vice-mayor Chen Tong has announced the gradual opening of businesses in the city starting Monday, May 16. Chen however did not specify if he was referring to a gradual resumption of activity in the city or if it was conditional on certain health criteria being met. It also remains unclear when the millions of people still locked down in China’s economic capital will finally be allowed out of their homes. Under China’s zero-Covid strategy, any lifting of restrictions is generally conditional on seeing no new positive cases for three days, outside of quarantine centres. There were 1,369 new cases reported on Sunday in Shanghai, substantially down from more than 25,000 at the end of April. In some areas of the city, however, restrictions have been tightened in recent days.
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