Covid-19 confusion hits China as authorities row back curbs

Covid-19 confusion hits China as authorities row back curbs

2 months ago

BEIJING: A patchwork easing of the world’s toughest Covid-19 curbs sowed confusion across China on Monday, spurring hopes for more clarity as officials shift tone on the dangers posed by the coronavirus in the wake of last month’s unprecedented protests.

Three years into the pandemic, China’s zero-tolerance measures, from shutting its borders to stifling lockdowns, provide a stark contrast with the rest of the world, which has largely opened up in its efforts to live with the virus.

The strict approach has battered the world’s second-largest economy, put mental strain on hundreds of millions, and last month prompted the biggest show of public discontent in mainland China since President Xi Jinping took power in 2012.

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