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As China imposes more COVID lockdowns, 'Everyone is scared'

By Vivian Wang

05 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

The New York Times reports on growing discontent in China with the ruling Communist Party's "zero-Covid" strategy—and there's no sign China’s leader, Xi Jinping, will change course.

In the hours before the southern Chinese city of Chengdu entered a coronavirus lockdown, Matthew Chen visited four vegetable markets in an attempt to stock up on fresh food. But seemingly the entire city had the same idea, and by the time he got to each place, most of the shelves had been stripped bare, except for hot peppers and fruit, he said.

Chen, a white-collar worker in his 30s, managed to scavenge enough cherry tomatoes, meat and greens for about one day, and since then has been ordering grocery deliveries to tide him through the lockdown, which began Friday. But he worries about whether that supply will remain stable, and how much longer he will have to rely on it.

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