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Shanghai residents get taste of freedom after six-week lockdown

A Nikkei reporter tells of his few hours outside after 49 days confined at home

Customers line up to shop at a Shanghai supermarket as some restrictions were eased after a six-week virus lockdown. (By CK Tan)

SHANGHAI -- Shanghai's six-week virus lockdown is being gradually eased. That's what Chinese state media has been telling us almost daily since early May.

But after being ordered to stay at home for the past 49 days, my family and most of this city's more than 25 million residents could hardly relate to that claim -- until Thursday.

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