© Reuters. Women carry boxes of food on the street during the lockdown during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Shanghai, China, 18 May 2022. Reuters/Aly Song
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Shanghai’s financial center hit by COVID-19 will allow more businesses in non-COVID areas to resume normal operations from early June, a deputy mayor said on Thursday. The city is impatiently waiting for the lockdown to end.
Shanghai, which is battling China’s largest-ever coronavirus outbreak, is steadily allowing more businesses to reopen and more residents to leave their homes for the first time in nearly seven weeks.
The city “is working hard to fully resume work and production as soon as possible,” Vice Mayor Zhang Wei said at a news conference.
The “speed of return to work” will depend on the containment situation, he said, adding that many workers will be in a “closed loop” for the remainder of May, which usually involves employees living at their workplaces.
He said the stability of Shanghai’s energy, water conservancy and information infrastructure throughout the pandemic “ensures that the city has the beating strength after the economic downturn and supports the continued recovery of the city’s economy,” he said.
After a nearly two-month hiatus, cargo deliveries have gradually returned to normal, and the daily container throughput of Shanghai ports is currently about 90 percent of what it was a year ago, Zhang said.
The cargo throughput of Pudong Airport has reached 70% of last year’s, and the number of freight vehicles entering and leaving the city has been reduced to two-thirds.
Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission official Yu Fulin said at the press conference that the city will resume major inter-district public transportation on May 22. The priority, he said, was to reopen the roads linking the city’s airport, train station and hospital.