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Is there no way out of China’s zero-Covid-19 trap?

The policy’s early success is giving way to outbreaks of public anger. There are paths out of the bind the government is in but it has to weigh the costs, not least the loss of lives and pride.

Almost three years into the pandemic, there is a pervasive sense of fear and weariness about Covid-19. PHOTO: AFP
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BEIJING – Ms Wang Limiao is one of the millions of Chinese currently hunkering down at home because of Covid-19.

After her colleague tested positive for the virus in late October, she was terrified – for herself and her three-year-old son.

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