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Lifting zero-Covid policies in China could risk 1.6m deaths, says study

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The lifting of zero-Covid policies in China would see a “tsunami” of infections and almost 1.6 million deaths, a study claims, citing in part China’s low vaccination rate of elderly residents. China’s government remai...

China’s zero-Covid policy is not sustainable, WHO director general says

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The head of the World Health Organization has voiced concerns over China’s effort to eliminate the Covid virus, in a rare rebuke to Xi Jinping’s pledge to achieve “dynamic zero-Covid”. The WHO’s director general, Dr T...

Once a zero-Covid poster child, Taiwan learns to live with the virus

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Taiwanese people don’t mind queueing. They’ll do it for a well-reviewed restaurant, promotional giveaways, or to take an Instagram photo at a popular tourist site. But at 3pm outside a Gongguan pharmacy in Taipei, the...

Xi Jinping attacks ‘doubters’ as he doubles down on China’s zero-Covid policy

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Xi Jinping has confirmed there is no intention to turn away from China’s zero-Covid commitment, in a major speech to the country’s senior officials that also warned against any criticism or doubting of the policy. Add...

As China looks on at a world opening up, can Xi Jinping survive zero-Covid?

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Across much of the world people are taking international holidays, returning to the office, and going to festivals and political rallies. Faced with the seemingly unstoppable Omicron variant, they’ve decided to live a...

The Guardian view on China’s zero-Covid strategy: no way out?

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Even by the standards of China’s overzealous censors, suppressing a hashtag that simply quoted its national anthem was striking stuff. The opening line – “Arise, ye who refuse to be slaves!” – had been deployed to exp...

Fear, paranoia, anger – this is life under China’s zero-Covid strategy

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When cases grew in Shanghai, I was hopeful. I thought there would be no way Shanghai would be like Jilin and Changshun, smaller cities that had recently locked down millions of people to contain Covid outbreaks. I ass...

My life in Shanghai’s never-ending zero-Covid lockdown

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Somehow after three weeks in quarantine, locked up in my studio in Shanghai, while cutting the only cucumber left from the last pack of governmental supplies for dinner after scrolling over an overwhelming amount of m...

Will China’s zero-Covid policy bring the world’s factory grinding to a halt?

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A top Huawei executive has broken ranks to warn that China’s stringent zero-Covid policy may trigger “massive losses” for the tech industry, putting the country’s economy as well as the global supply chain at greater ...

The ‘zero-Covid’ approach got bad press, but it worked – and it could work again

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It was the alt-history, the policy that didn’t get enacted. No-Covid, zero-Covid or elimination aimed to stamp out community transmission of Covid-19 in a given area, rather than just reduce it to “manageable” levels....

China locks down city of 9 million and reports 4,000 cases as Omicron tests zero-Covid strategy

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China has locked down an industrial city of 9 million people overnight and reported more than 4,000 virus cases, as the nation’s “zero-Covid” strategy is confronted by an Omicron wave. Health authorities reported 4,77...

‘Zero-Covid is not going to happen’: experts predict a steep rise in US cases this winter

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A steep rise in Covid-19 cases in Europe should serve as a warning that the US could also see significant increases in coronavirus cases this winter, particularly in the nation’s colder regions, scientists say. Howeve...

‘People are starting to wane’: China’s zero-Covid policy takes toll

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On Friday, the Beijing Daily published an intricate graphic identifying two people sick with Covid-19 and everyone they had infected, detailing the spread of the latest Delta outbreak in the country. The map came amid...

Has the Delta variant derailed Australia’s zero-Covid strategy?

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Australia appeared to be a model case for how to control the spread of Covid-19, but the arrival of the Delta variant has changed everything How to listen to podcasts: everyt...