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Locked-down Shanghai residents scramble to find food

City hauls out rations as online delivery services grind to a halt

Workers wearing protective gear sort bags of vegetables and groceries on a truck to distribute them to residents at a residential compound in Shanghai. The city has been under lockdown for over a week.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- Authorities in locked-down Shanghai are scrambling to distribute rations to millions of residents as food and other key supplies run short in the midst of China's biggest COVID-19 shutdown since the pandemic began.

Activity in the country's financial hub has all but ground to a halt with most nonessential sectors shut and online food deliveries nearly nonexistent while residents are confined to their homes as infections hit a record this week.

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