China’s ‘Zero COVID’ Strategy Is Taking a Heavy Toll

A man is tested for COVID-19 in Beijing, China, Dec. 5, 2021 (AP photo by Andy Wong).
A man is tested for COVID-19 in Beijing, China, Dec. 5, 2021 (AP photo by Andy Wong).
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Around the world, strict restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic—including lockdowns, curfews, lengthy isolation periods and quarantine—are giving way to community mitigation measures and, more broadly, a relaxed, more pragmatic approach. But in Hong Kong and China, where authorities continue to favor a more ironclad response, there remains no end in sight to a “zero-COVID” strategy, two years on from the onset of the pandemic. China is now on high alert after detecting the first local outbreak of the omicron variant, weeks before the country is set to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The northern coastal city of Tianjin, […]

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