City revels in freedoms after two months of lockdown but happiness is punctuated by fears that restrictions could return
For 26-year-old Daphne, the last two months felt like “a fever dream”. The Taiwanese marketing specialist has lived in Shanghai for years, but had never experienced anything like this. Alongside an estimated 25 million neighbours, she has spent the past 76 days almost entirely inside her apartment in the name of China’s zero-Covid policy.
On Wednesday, most of them were finally free. “Just like the lockdown in the beginning, the unlocking also came suddenly,” she says. “Everyone has a feeling of ecstasy and disbelief, and many communities were setting off firecrackers and fireworks.”
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