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Shanghai claims 'zero-COVID' status after six-week lockdown

Milestone tempered by tighter measures in other cities hit by virus outbreaks

Two women hug at a closed street during virus lockdowns in Shanghai.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- Shanghai has achieved zero-COVID status, authorities said Tuesday, in a breakthrough that could pave the way for an end to a grueling six-week lockdown in China's financial capital that has dealt a heavy blow to the economy.

But some 25 million shut-in residents of Shanghai, the epicenter of China's worst virus outbreak, were unlikely to see an imminent return to normal life, as authorities expanded lockdowns and mobility restrictions in other cities hit by case surges.

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