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'Man-made disaster': Shanghai struggles with COVID-19 lockdown

Widespread anger as non-virus deaths blamed on understaffed hospitals

China's commercial capital Shanghai went into a two-stage lockdown this week that split the vast city along the Huangpu river, which divides its historic center from the eastern Pudong financial district.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG/TAIPEI -- Brad Zhang emerged from a 3-week hotel quarantine in Shanghai to find that the financial hub had ground to a halt in the midst of China's biggest COVID-19 lockdown since the pandemic began.

With no taxis or public transit operating, the tech industry manager resigned himself to lugging a heavy suitcase on the more than 10-kilometer walk to his home through nearly deserted streets in the city of 25 million.

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