Grand reopening
'Ban lifted'
China's biggest challenge
A breath of fresh air
Closed until further notice
Voluntary school
Testing remains
Still under lockdown
Back to business
The road to recovery
Big Trouble in Shanghai
China's gate to the world
The Omicron outbreak
Dystopian reality
Children separated from their parents
Covid-19 strike force
Discontent
Hoarders, fighters and snitchers
There's also solidarity
Panic buying
Projecting efficiency
A new, makeshift hospital
The shortcomings of Zero-Covid Policy
The economy is also a victim
Global supply chain disruption
Protests
Calm, so far
No concern, yet
China's advantage over The West
Living in interesting times
Shanghai will be back
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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(1/31)
Grand reopening

Shanghai finally reopened on June 1 after two months under some of the most strict lockdown measures currently seen around the globe. However, some restrictions will remain in place for the time being. The bigger question for the West is how long will take for trade to come back to normal.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(2/31)
'Ban lifted'

China’s main port, most significant metropolis, and second most important city after Beijing is slowly coming back to life. According to Al Jazeera, small groups of residents went out shouting “ban lifted” in celebration.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(3/31)
China's biggest challenge

“A lot of unexpected things happened and a lot of people’s confidence was shaken, and also about the future of China. I think it was probably the largest challenge China has faced in the past decade”, stated economist and Shanghai resident Dan Wang to Al Jazeera.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(4/31)
A breath of fresh air

People in Shanghai will no longer require special permits to leave their buildings and public transportation, such as buses and the subway system, will resume operations.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(5/31)
Closed until further notice

Not everything will be back to normal at this stage, though. DW highlights that cinemas, restaurants, cafés, and gyms will remain closed.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(6/31)
Voluntary school

Schools will be partially open and remain voluntary for the time being. Shops and malls will reopen gradually at 75% of capacity.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(7/31)
Testing remains

A Covid-19 test made within the last 72 hours will be required to enter public venues or use public transportation, though. Those who test positive will still be required to be under strict quarantine.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(8/31)
Still under lockdown

Al Jazeera points out that half a million of Shanghai’s 25 million people are still confined.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(9/31)
Back to business

The New York Times reports that, with Covid-19 cases falling into the low double-digits, Shanghai has also reactivated its factories and ports after the economic slump caused by the lockdown.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(10/31)
The road to recovery

“The task of speeding up the economic and social recovery is increasingly urgent”, Shanghai city leaders said in a letter cited by The New York Times. “We will put all our energy into fully restoring regular production and life”.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(11/31)
Big Trouble in Shanghai

China's so-called “Zero-Covid policy” brought up social control measures that had dire sanitary and social consequences in pandemic-stricken Shanghai.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(12/31)
China's gate to the world

Located in the estuary of the Yangtze River, Shanghai is the largest city and most important port in China, with a population of over 24 million people. This metropolis is a worldwide-famous hub of finances, manufacturing, and technology.

Image: Edward He / Unsplash

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(13/31)
The Omicron outbreak

The Omicron outbreak made that, after two years of barely any cases, China has to deal now with thousands of newly infected individuals. Local authorities were forced put the city on a lockdown.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(14/31)
Dystopian reality

Shanghai resident Juli Min told The New York Times about the dystopian reality that the city was facing: Masked volunteers in white overalls watch the streets, making sure that people maintain the lockdown and do massive testing building by building. People are hospitalized in waves.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(15/31)
Children separated from their parents

Children who tested positive, regardless of their symptoms, were hospitalized without their parents, in the cases where they were not infected. The policy caused such outrage that the Chinese government had to suspend it, allowing kids to be quarantined with their parents.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(16/31)
Covid-19 strike force

The volunteers in white not only are a force against the coronavirus but also act as social control enforcers, being capable of knocking at the door of any citizen and forcing them to get tested.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(17/31)
Discontent

General discontent started to grow, with videos on social media of locals violently coerced after refusing to be tested, hospitalized, or quarantined.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(18/31)
Hoarders, fighters and snitchers

Juli Min revealed to The New York Times some of the side effects that the extreme measures against Covid-19 have created: “People are hoarding food and supplies, getting into fights over resources. Neighbors are ratting one another out as potential carriers”.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(19/31)
There's also solidarity

Nonetheless, Juli Min pointed out that not all people were selfish: “Some neighbors in my community are sharing produce: One man who owns a local gym lays out bags and bags of groceries daily outside his business for anyone to take”.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(20/31)
Panic buying

Videos on social media showed Shanghai locals sweeping supermarket goods. There was no scarcity when it comes to fear of shortages.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(21/31)
Projecting efficiency

However, Chinese official media, as always, did their best to present an image of efficiency in the fight against Covid-19 – both in Shanghai now, Xi'an before, and in other places.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(22/31)
A new, makeshift hospital

One example of this is a Shanghai convention center that was transformed into a new hospital with 40,000 beds in record time. In this image, the facilities can be seen just before the arrival of the new patients.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(23/31)
The shortcomings of Zero-Covid Policy

The generalized lockdown in Shanghai and elsewhere in China put into question the Zero-Covid Policy implemented by the government. There has been no way to detain the outbreak of the Omicron variant.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(24/31)
The economy is also a victim

Generalized lockdowns have also taken a blow to the local economy. Staying home means many jobs can't be done, and some factories have been forced to reduce their output or simply close down.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(25/31)
Global supply chain disruption

This increases the global supply chain disruption that began as a consequence of the global pandemic, which the world has not fully recovered yet.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(26/31)
Protests

Several developed countries have faced demonstrations against less restrictive measures, such as the anti-vax protest pictured here in New York City. However, some fear China's harsh anti-Covid policies could lead to social unrest.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(27/31)
Calm, so far

Juli Min, editor-in-chief of The Shanghai Literary Review, wrote in The New York Times that so far everything was calm: “People are still mostly energetic, optimistic and generous.”

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(28/31)
No concern, yet

Of course, Social discontent was mounting to a level that Chinese authorities were forced to take action.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(29/31)
China's advantage over The West

As Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek recalls in a remark a Chinese friend of his once made: “The Party has an advantage over The West, it doesn't have to worry about the next elections”.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
(30/31)
Living in interesting times

However, living in such tumultuous times with Brexit, Trump and the rise of populism, and the war in Ukraine, just to say a few examples, anything seems possible at this point. Even social upheaval in China.

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Shanghai puts an end to lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, with some caution
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Shanghai will be back

However, real-life doesn't tend to be so dystopian. Shanghai is slowly healing to become the cosmopolitan metropolis that was once.

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