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Shanghai eases two-week shutdown

BEIJING (AP) – Some residents of Shanghai were allowed out of their homes yesterday as the city of 25 million eased a two-week-old shutdown after videos posted online showed what was said to be people who ran out of food breaking into a supermarket and shouting appeals for help.

The number of people who were allowed out wasn’t immediately clear. The government said some markets and pharmacies also would re-open.

The abrupt closure of most businesses and orders to stay home left the public fuming about a lack of access to food and medicine. People who test positive for the virus have been forced into sprawling temporary quarantine facilities criticised by some as crowded and unsanitary.

More details on Wednesday’s Borneo Bulletin