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Since the omicron variant has rapidly spread across Shanghai in March, the city of more than 25 million people has been in a citywide lockdown for many days under the "zero Covid" strategy. As the financial hub has seen tens of thousands of new COVID-19 infections per day, most residents are ordered to stay home and quarantine, including Christians. Registered churches have been shut down, while house church Christians can only gather at their own homes. As the most important festival of the Christian calendar, Easter was observed online again this year like during the early outbreak in 2020. During the lockdown crisis, pastors, church leaders, and Christians participated in intercessory prayers for individuals and the public, meditation, donations, voluntary work, and caring for people's mental health.
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