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China’s ‘zero covid’ policy wavers as infections spread and complaints over lockdowns surge

By Lily Kuo

16 Mar 2022 · 4 min read

China's worst coronavirus outbreak in two years has reached almost all parts of the country, stretching medical resources, shuttering businesses and manufacturing outfits, and raising questions about the government's staunch commitment to its zero covid policy.

On Wednesday, health officials reported 3,054 domestic coronavirus cases, lower than the day before, when authorities posted the country's largest daily toll since 2020 of 5,154 local infections - still small numbers, compared with most other large countries but dramatic increases for China.

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