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Shanghai eases two-week COVID shutdown, letting millions of residents out

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The Florida Channel
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a worker in protective clothing walks past a banner reading "Persistence is victory!" at a makeshift hospital and quarantine facility at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, Monday, April 11, 2022. The U.S. has ordered all non-emergency consular staff to leave Shanghai, which is under a tight lockdown to contain a COVID-19 surge.

The abrupt lockdown left the public fuming about lack of access to food and medicine. The decision came after a video posted online allegedly showed people who ran out of food breaking into a supermarket.

Some residents of Shanghai have been allowed out of their homes as the city of 25 million eases a two-week-old shutdown due to a COVID outbreak.

That came after a video posted online showed what was said to be people who ran out of food breaking into a supermarket.

The abrupt closure of most businesses starting March 28 and orders to stay home left the public fuming about lack of access to food and medicine. People who test positive for the virus are forced into temporary quarantine facilities criticized by some as crowded and unsanitary.

The online news outlet The Paper said about 6.6 million people will be allowed to go outdoors. The Chinese government said some markets and pharmacies would reopen.

A health official warned Shanghai doesn't have the virus under control despite easing restrictions. In Shanghai, more than 200,000 COVID cases were reported but no deaths in the latest wave of infections.

Meantime, the United States announced all “non-emergency U.S. government employees” would be withdrawn from its Shanghai Consulate.

Click here to read more of this article from the Associated Press.

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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.