(ANSA) - BEIJING, MAY 19 - Shanghai tries to ease the anti-Covid lockdown measures thanks to "encouraging" signs such as the absence for the fourth day in a row of infections outside the cordoned and quarantine areas.
For this reason, Deputy Mayor Zhang Wei said in the daily briefing, the city "will begin to allow more companies in the 'zero-Covid' classified areas to resume operations from the beginning of June".
Amid preparations for the return to normal, the city on Wednesday recorded 82 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 transmitted locally and 637 asymptomatic cases, based on updates from the Municipal Health Commission, which reported a further death bringing the total death toll to a580.
Zhang also said the economy is steadily returning to normal, citing daily container traffic in the port of Shanghai, the largest in the world, has returned to around 90 percent levels a year ago.
After six weeks of lockdown, local authorities have allowed departures and rail and air traffic to other cities, albeit amid difficulties related to health procedures, including buffers and special authorizations.
Shanghai police issued a warning, informing those who needed to leave the city by car, for reasons related to work, study, seeking medical care and other urgent reasons, to request permits from specific authorities including schools, employers. and community offices.