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Shanghai Omicron outbreak corners Chinese leader

After two years of relying on sweeping lockdowns to control Covid-19, Chinese leader Xi Jinping has tried something new in Shanghai.

Aware of the economic toll and public anger tied to China’s zero Covid strategy, Xi has given the city leeway to tackle local outbreaks, people close to the government’s decision-making said. government. The idea was to let Shanghai target only neighborhoods affected by closures. If successful, the approach would offer a model for coexisting with the virus for years to come.


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