Shanghai test to loosen COVID blockade

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Shanghai officials said Wednesday they would start COVID-19 tests over the next few days to determine which neighborhoods were considered low-risk.

Areas that have been reported to have achieved “COVID zero society” may see restrictions loosened.

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Shanghai officials reported 48 died on Wednesday, bringing the total to at least 238 in the city.

The city blockade remained in effect for nearly a month.

While some of the city’s 25 million residents have been allowed to leave their homes in the past week, most remain confined.

Following criticism and reports around the world food and medicine shortages, leader promised last week to lose antivirus truck driver regulations hindering supplies and trade.

A deputy mayor, Zhang Wei, promised “every effort” to resolve the problems that have raised complaints about lack of food.

On Wednesday, China reported 14,222 new coronavirus cases.

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While Shanghai hopes to open up, so are residents of the Chinese capital pending to find out if the city will close.

Beijing is suffering mass test after the cases were discovered there last weekend.

The city reported 34 new cases on Wednesday.

So far, officials have only blocked specific areas where positive cases have been detected.

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On Wednesday, Beijing’s Tongzhou District suspended classes at all of its schools.

Beijing tested nearly 3.8 million people in the Chaoyang district on Monday and local media She said last week, the city government also ordered the suspension of after-school activities in the Chaoyang district.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.