We may be entering Covid-19’s least predictable year yet

China’s easing of virus restrictions is raising questions about the potential for harmful new variants

Patients lie on beds at the emergency department of Zhongshan Hospital, amid the outbreak in Shanghai. PHOTO: REUTERS
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The Covid-19 outbreak will be officially three years old on Jan 30, which marks the moment in 2020 when the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the respiratory disease a public health emergency of international concern.

But the anniversary offers little to celebrate in the wake of China’s chaotic and abrupt lurch from zero-Covid to full-Covid.

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