Shanghai officials want zero community infections by mid-May

Authorities in Shanghai have partially explained how they plan to exit a coronavirus lockdown imposed since late March. They say restrictions will be gradually eased after eradicating community infections in the coming days.

However, they continue to exercise a zero-COVID policy, and did not give a timeframe for fully lifting the measures.

Vice Mayor Wu Qing said on Friday that they want three consecutive days of no new cases in mid-May. That does not include quarantine centers for close contacts and housing facilities where infections have occurred within the past week.

Authorities say most recent infections have been among people who are isolating after being identified as close contacts.

They say they plan to gradually ease restrictions on outings and economic activities once their aims have been achieved.

New cases topped 1,900 in the financial hub on Thursday.