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Shanghai Covid-19 lockdowns drag on despite officials declaring victory


by Hector Retamal and Jing Xuan Teng

Locked in their homes as neighbours celebrate freedom, hundreds of thousands of Shanghai residents are finding the path out of lockdown more complicated than the victory trumpeted by Chinese state media.

A security worker locks a door with a chain in a neighbourhood under a Covid-19 lockdown in the Jing’an district of Shanghai on June 2, 2022. Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP.

The metropolis of 25 million people was closed in sections from late March after becoming the epicentre of China’s worst Covid outbreak in two years.

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