Shanghai residents prepare for end of lockdown

STORY: On Monday evening, some of the people allowed out of their compounds for brief walks strolled along commercial streets lined with malls and shopped for groceries from local markets, as a sense of anticipation for the long-awaited resumption grew among residents.

The prolonged isolation has fueled public anger and rare protests inside Shanghai and battered the city's manufacturing and export-heavy economy, disrupting supply chains in China and around the world, and slowing international trade.

Life is set to return to something more like normal from Wednesday (June 1), when the passes issued by residential buildings for people to go out for a few hours will be scrapped, public transport will resume and residents can go back to work.

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