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My First Day Out of Shanghai’s Lockdown Was Far From Freedom

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Leaving Home for First Time After Shanghai Lockdown

Yesterday was a big day for me. For the first time in nearly two months, I stepped outside my residential compound in Shanghai.

My freedom came as Shanghai is tiptoeing to unravel a punishing lockdown that confined its roughly 25 million residents to their homes for weeks in a bid to break Covid transmission. While there are signs the outbreak is ebbing, cutting off the virus came at the cost of cutting off human interaction and access to the world.