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China Covid Victory Claim Undermined by Arrests, Sudden Closures

  • Lockdowns persist for millions as virus continues to circulate
  • Snap shutdown of mall, police arrests show Covid woes persist
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Shanghai's Grand Reopening

For millions of people still locked down in Shanghai, listening to officials tout the city’s victory over Covid-19 and its “reopening” is infuriating. 

Some are so frustrated at being confined that conflicts with police have broken out. One compound, sealed off from the world since April 1 and told that its lockdown would last at least another 10 days, saw a handful of people detained after they walked out in protest, said one resident, who asked to be identified only by his surname Li, fearful of reprisal for speaking out.