Shanghai Lockdown: Subways to Reopen to Ease Shanghai Coveid Restrictions

Shanghai’s lock-down Chinese metropolis will reopen four of its 20 subway lines on Sunday as it gradually eases epidemic restrictions that have kept most residents in their housing complex for more than six weeks. The city will reopen 273 bus lines connecting major urban centers, airports, train stations and hospitals as it resumes cross-district public transit, Shanghai Transport Commission Director Yu Fulin said in a daily epidemic briefing on Thursday.

It was not immediately clear how frequent the service would be. Bus service has been re-launched on a trial basis in three remote districts this week, with buses running every 30 to 90 minutes during daylight hours.

The lockdown in China’s largest city has sent shockwaves through the economy and has left residents frustrated, especially as far as anywhere else in the world is concerned. But officials have stuck to the ‘zero-covid’ method, saying lifting the ban could put pressure on the public health system and lead to more deaths, especially among the elderly who have not been fully vaccinated.

The outbreak in Shanghai killed 580 people, according to official figures, making it the deadliest since the initial outbreak in Wuhan in early 2020.

Even as the number of new cases dwindles, authorities are slowly and deliberately easing restrictions as they try to ensure that the virus does not spread anywhere outside the area, including quarantine facilities and known infections.

The city of 25 million people recorded about 700 new cases on Wednesday, accounting for most of the nearly 1,000 cases nationwide.

Authorities in Beijing, which has reported 55 new cases, have closed some subway stations and bus lines, banned meals in restaurants, and urged residents to work from home in an effort to curb the Shanghai-scale outbreak in the Chinese capital.

Elsewhere in China, the city of Guangzhou in China’s southwestern Sichuan province was locked down on Wednesday. The province has recorded about 150 new cases.


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