Shanghai residents cheer as lockdown ends after 2 months

STORY: "I haven't seen people on the street for a long time," Wang Hao told Reuters, laughing as a man shouted "Freedom!" in English in the background. She said she was excited, but added, "I'm worried I'm not quite used to seeing people."

Stores along the street prepared for reopening. Staff were seen disinfecting and organising inventories at midnight in a dim sum store.

From Wednesday, most of Shanghai's 25 million residents can freely leave home, return to work, use public transport and drive their cars - a moment that many in China's largest and most cosmopolitan city felt would never arrive.

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