Covering China’s party congress in a time of Covid-19

A journalist attending a press conference at a media centre during the Communist Party of China congress in Beijing on Oct 20. PHOTO: AFP
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BEIJING – During what is arguably the most important work week for reporters in China for at least the past decade, my colleagues and I have been badly hit by the capital city’s Covid-19 measures.

I’m not just talking about the swab tests we have been taking at least once every three days, if not daily, but also the door-to-door testing and, worse, flash lockdowns.

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