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The newest outbreak in the nation has subsided following months of virus-spurred lockdowns and restrictions, according to China, which on Saturday announced zero new Covid-19 cases in Shanghai for the first time since March.

With a combination of targeted lockdowns, extensive testing, and mass testing, China is the final big economy remaining dedicated to a zero-Covid strategy.

The fast-spreading Omicron type caused a Covid surge last spring that pushed the economic center of Shanghai into a months-long lockdown, while the capital Beijing closed schools and workplaces for weeks due to a second outbreak.

Infections have decreased to a trickle in recent days; on Saturday, Shanghai reported the first local transmission-free day since the outbreak’s beginning in early March.

On June 24, 2022, Shanghai reported no new domestically confirmed cases of Covid-19 and no new domestically acquired asymptomatic infections.

Shanghai’s 25 million citizens were essentially freed from the lockdown in early June, but the city has battled to go back to normal as some neighbourhoods have reinstituted restrictions in reaction to fresh infections.

After the authorities approved a new round of mass testing two weeks ago, millions of people in the metropolis were briefly locked down once more.

Restrictions that were first implemented in Beijing in May were relaxed when cases decreased, but were tightened once more this month after a cluster of infections connected to nightlife emerged.

Beijing police announced this week that the “Heaven Supermarket infection chain,” so named after the well-liked bar that sufferers frequent, had been effectively stopped after days of widespread testing and localized lockdowns.