China’s sudden reopening sits awkwardly with long-held zero-Covid narrative

There were signs China would shift gears but the abrupt reversal needs attention.

Many Chinese citizens see the end of zero-Covid as the proverbial light at the end of a long, exhausting and harrowing tunnel. PHOTO: AFP
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We are all still recovering from the shock and awe of China’s sudden rollback of its long-held zero-Covid policy.

Much ink has been spilled about the country’s staggering reversal and the reasons galvanising the U-turn. But few have examined the challenge faced by China in reconciling the chasm between this latest move and the narrative that people were fed over the past three years to withstand the hardships of zero-Covid in the name of public health.

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