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Shanghai reported 39 COVID-19 deaths Sunday, official data showed, its highest daily toll since a weekslong lockdown started, while Beijing warned of a “grim” situation with rising infections.

The world’s second-largest economy has been struggling to stamp out its worst COVID-19 outbreak in two years with a playbook of harsh lockdowns and mass testing as it sticks to a strict “COVID-zero” policy, taking a heavy toll on businesses and public morale.

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