BEIJING, CHINA - APRIL 06: A health worker wears protective gear as she gives a nucleic acid test to detect COVID-19 on a local resident at a mass testing site after new cases were found, on April 6, 2022 in Beijing, China. China has stepped up efforts to control a recent surge in coronavirus cases across the country, imposing a lockdown on the country's largest city of Shanghai and the entire province of Jilin. Local authorities across the country have carried out mass testing, including in the capital Beijing, as China tries to maintain its zero COVID policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

BEIJING (AP) — The COVID-19 outbreak that has shut down most of Shanghai appears to be waning. China’s largest city recorded about 7,000 cases a day on Saturday and Sunday, down from a peak of 27,605 nearly three weeks ago on April 13. Authorities have begun a limited easing of a citywide lockdown that has disrupted the lives of millions of residents and dealt at least a temporary blow to China’s economy. Even as many other countries relax pandemic restrictions, the Chinese government has stuck to a “zero-COVID” approach. Lockdowns start with buildings and neighborhoods but become citywide if the virus is spreading widely.