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SHANGHAI — China’s financial and manufacturing hub of Shanghai will gradually start reopening businesses such as shopping malls and hair salons from Monday after weeks of a strict COVID-19 lockdown, the city’s vice mayor said on Sunday. city ​​during a press briefing.

Shanghai, which has been in lockdown for more than six weeks, is in the midst of a recent tightening in some areas that it hopes will mark a final push in its battle against the virus.

Malls, department stores and supermarkets will begin to resume in-store operations and allow customers to shop in an “orderly manner”, while hair salons and vegetable markets will reopen with limited capacity, said Vice Mayor Chen Tong, but gave no details on the pace or scale of those reopenings.

During Shanghai’s lockdown, residents were mostly limited to basic necessities, with normal purchases on online platforms largely suspended.

Shanghai will also soon announce a third “white list” of more than 820 companies engaged in importing and exporting, which can resume operations, a city official said. (Reporting by Brenda Goh, Albee Zhang and Tony Munroe; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell and Simon Cameron-Moore)