In Beijing and Shanghai, the government confirmed on Sunday its intention to gradually lift the restrictions on Covid-19.
It’s a first breath of fresh air for the residents of Shanghai, China. The city, confined for two months, will see the “unreasonable” restrictions on businesses lifted on Wednesday, June 1. China’s most populous city, with 25 million inhabitants, had put in place easing measures such as reducing some taxes on car purchases and speeding up approval procedures for real estate projects to counter the effects of this drastic confinement, which is putting the entire country’s economy under strain.
In addition, the megacity’s authorities are asking banks to renew loans to small and medium-sized enterprises totaling 100 billion yuan (or $15 billion) this year. “We will fully support and organize the resumption of work and production of enterprises in various sectors and fields,” Vice Mayor Wu Qing told reporters, adding, “The current epidemic situation in the city continues to stabilize and improve.”
To enter public places or take public transportation, a negative PCR test within 72 hours, up from 48 hours previously, will be required. Bus services in the Pudong district, home to Shanghai’s largest airport and financial hub, resume today, officials said. Although most residents remain confined, a growing number of people have been allowed to leave their homes and stores have been able to reopen.
In Beijing, too, signs of recovery are beginning with libraries, museums, theaters and gyms allowed to reopen Sunday, with gauges, in neighborhoods that have seen no cases of covid-19 for seven consecutive days.
“The number of new infections reported in Beijing has dropped significantly. And eight districts had no new local cases for seven consecutive days. The current epidemic wave has been effectively controlled,” health authorities boasted this weekend.
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Passionnée depuis son plus jeune âge par l’art et la mode, Hélène s’oriente vers une école de stylisme, l’Atelier Chardon-Savard à Paris, avec une option Communication. Afin d’ajouter des cordes à son arc, elle décide de compléter sa formation par un MBA en Management du Luxe et Marketing Expérientiel à l’Institut Supérieur de Gestion à Paris dont elle sort diplômée en 2020. Elle a notamment écrit des articles lifestyle et beauté pour le magazine Do it in Paris et se spécialise en rédaction d’articles concernant le luxe, l’art et la mode au sein du magazine Luxus Plus.********** [EN] Passionate about art and fashion from a young age, Hélène went to a fashion design school, Atelier Chardon-Savard in Paris, with a Communication option. In order to add more strings to her bow, she decided to complete her education with an MBA in Luxury Management and Experiential Marketing at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion in Paris from which she graduated in 2020. She has written lifestyle and beauty articles for Do it in Paris magazine and specializes in writing articles about luxury, art and fashion for Luxus Plus magazine.