'Zero-Covid' carries costs

2022.01.10
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Authorities in Xi'an, a city of 13 million that has imposed China’s strictest Covid-19 lockdown since Wuhan two years ago, have fired medical workers and promised an official apology and compensation after a report of a pregnant woman who miscarried after she was made to wait outside a hospital for two hours went viral before being censored. Accounts of distress, including a heart attack death and severe food shortages, have emerged since the ancient central Chinese city known for the Terracotta Warriors confined residents to their homes for two weeks under Beijing's "Zero-Covid" regimen of mass testing, extensive quarantines and summary lockdowns.

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