Authorities in Shanghai on Monday reported 61 new domestically transmitted asymptomatic infections for May 29, down from 93 a day earlier, while local symptomatic cases fell to 6 from 29.
Officials said one new case was reported outside quarantined areas, the same as the day earlier.
Ben Cavender, a Shanghai-based consultant for the China Market Research Group, told RTHK’s Moneytalk that some residents have been allowed to leave their homes to run errands.
"I'd say probably 80 percent of the people that we've spoken with over the past week have now gotten to the point where they're receiving timed passes that allow one individual from the household to leave their compound for a couple of hours a day, presumably to go shopping or take care of medical issues or things like that," he said.
Cavender added businesses have been slowly reopening.
"The reality is most businesses are still very much closed here, so it's really sort of a limited opening in the right direction, though I think over the next three weeks or so, we're going to see pretty big changes in that direction."
The mainland reported 184 new coronavirus cases on May 29, of which 34 were symptomatic and 150 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Monday.
That compares with 293 new cases a day earlier, 82 symptomatic and 211 asymptomatic infections, which China counts separately.
There were no new deaths, leaving the death toll at 5,226.
As of May 29, mainland China had 224,049 confirmed cases. (Additional reporting from Reuters)