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Shanghai eases COVID lockdown despite record infections

Residents in over 40% of neighborhoods allowed to travel within limits

Workers manage lines for COVID-19 testing in Shanghai on April 4. The city has divided its neighborhoods into three categories, based on infection risk.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- The Shanghai government announced Monday that it will lift coronavirus lockdown restrictions in just over 40% of its neighborhoods, though the city as a whole has continued to log record daily infections.

Based on results from citywide PCR testing on Saturday and other data, a total of 7,565 neighborhoods in the coastal city that logged no new cases over the past 14 days have been designated "prevention areas," according to city official Gu Honghui.

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