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Authorities in Shanghai have begun to relax COVID-19 restrictions in China’s largest city, following four straight days of no virus-related deaths and with new cases at the lowest level since March. Shanghai’s reopening comes after a two-month lockdown, fueled by the BA.2 omicron variant, which had led to significant economic disruption and isolation among the city’s 26 million residents. 

Under the relaxed rules, people in low-risk areas can leave their homes as long as they test negative within a 72-hour period. Also in low-risk areas, businesses reopened, public transportation resumed, and restrictions on private vehicles were lifted. Shopping centers and grocery stores may reopen at 75% capacity, though dining in restaurants remains prohibited. 

Shanghai reported 29 new COVID-19 cases Monday after averaging about 18,000 new cases per day in April. Nationwide, new cases average about 3,300 per day (see data).

Separately, see current US COVID-19 stats here.