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Shanghai targets June COVID lockdown exit as China economy slumps, Reports Reuters

  • Shanghai aims for return to normal from June 1
  • City’s residents frustrated with shifting schedules
  • China’s retail sales, industrial output plunge in April

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, May 16 (Reuters) – Shanghai set out plans on Monday for the end of a painful COVID-19 lockdown that has lasted more than six weeks, heavily bruising China’s economy, and for the return of more normal life from June 1.

In the clearest timetable yet, Deputy Mayor Zong Ming said Shanghai would reopen in stages, with movement curbs largely to remain in place until May 21 to prevent a rebound in infections, before an easing. read more

“From June 1 to mid- and late June, as long as risks of a rebound in infections are controlled, we will fully implement epidemic prevention and control, normalize management, and fully restore normal production and life in the city,” she said.

But the announcement was met with scepticism by some Shanghai residents, who have repeatedly been disappointed by shifting schedules for the lifting of restrictions.

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