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Fatigue sets in as China's zero-Covid policy grinds on

Residents line up for nucleic acid tests in Shanghai on May 19, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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BEIJING - A propaganda video by the North Korean state broadcaster on the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been getting a lot of attention on Chinese social media lately, with netizens claiming newfound respect for the hermit state.

The 2½-minute clip features a faceless stern-voiced male narrator dishing out facts on the now-dominant virus: Those who contract Omicron are 75 per cent less likely to die than those infected with the Delta virus; 93 per cent have only mild to no symptoms and can be treated as outpatients or at home; infected people can normally recover in five days.

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