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China turns Covid victory into defeat

What exactly is the function of China’s zero-Covid lockdowns, which individually and cumulatively are now far greater than even the Wuhan lockdown in early 2020, when the disease was poorly understood, treatments were not identified and that the vaccines were still months away?

The current lockdown in Shanghai and the recently eased one in Shenzhen have forced 43 million people to stay at home and rely on government food deliveries. These were the largest shutdowns the country has ever attempted, targeting two warehouses vital to the global economy.


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