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'Nightmare over': Shanghai ends two-month COVID lockdown

Fears of fresh outbreak weigh on minds of millions celebrating freedom

People visit the Bund, Shanghai's historic riverside district after a two-month lockdown imposed to curb a severe COVID-19 outbreak was lifted June 1.   © Kyodo

SHANGHAI -- Champagne corks were popped and relieved residents danced in the streets after Shanghai on Wednesday officially lifted a two-month virus lockdown that triggered public outrage while dealing a big blow to the economy.

Dozens of cities across China have been under full or partial lockdown for months as the country battled its worst COVID-19 outbreak since early in the pandemic.

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