Shanghai to end Covid lockdown and return to normal life in June amid economic slowdown

Authorities say restrictions to ease in stages after extended lockdown that has sent shockwaves through Chinese economy and global supply chains

Shanghai has set out plans for the return of more normal life from 1 June and the end of a painful Covid-19 lockdown that has lasted more than six weeks and contributed to a sharp slowdown in China’s economic activity.

In the clearest timetable yet, deputy mayor Zong Ming said on Monday that Shanghai’s reopening would be carried out in stages, with movement curbs largely to remain in place until 21 May to prevent a rebound in infections, before a gradual easing.

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