Beijing flips back to what it knows best – a Covid-19 lockdown

A man walks past closed shops in Beijing’s Chaoyang district on Nov 19, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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BEIJING - Ten days ago, after the all-important Communist Party congress was done and dusted, China’s health authority gave the millions of wearied souls in the country a glimmer of hope that the life they had known for the past three years – riddled with flash lockdowns, daily testing and travel bans – could be coming to an end.

While not exactly China’s homecoming party in rejoining the rest of the world, the announcement of 20 adjustments to Covid-19 protocols was a definitive sign it was inching closer to disabling this impossibly infectious virus’ permission to seize, overwhelm and disrupt lives.

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