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Shanghai targets zero community spread of COVID by mid-May

Social and business restrictions likely to ease if goal reached for 3 straight days

Chefs line up for COVID tests at a hotel, during lockdown in Shanghai.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- Shanghai has set a goal of recording no new COVID-19 cases in mid-May outside the locked-down sections of the city designated as infection hot spots.

Executive Vice Mayor Wu Qing said Friday that Shanghai aims to log zero infections in neighborhoods beyond the tightly controlled quarantine areas. Upon reaching this target of eliminating community spread, officials are expected to gradually relax restrictions on social and business activities.

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