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Cover Story: China’s Halting Steps to Dial Back ‘Zero Covid’

By Xu Wen, Zhou Xinda, Cui Xiaotian, Zhao Jinzhao, Jiang Moting, Huang Huizhao, Sun Yanran and Denise Jia
2022年11月21日 07:03
As central authorities cite scientific evidence for easing travel and testing rules, local officials worry about being held accountable for new outbreaks
A pedestrian in Shijiazhuang on Nov. 14, 2022. 

As most of the world has largely returned to pre-pandemic life, China is quietly easing its stringent “zero-Covid” policies even as several major cities experience a surge in infections.

In Shijiazhuang, the capital of northern China’s Hebei province about 165 miles south of Beijing, Sun Xin said he could feel the change Nov. 12: Lockdowns of some communities were lifted, and residents didn’t need to show nucleic acid test results to enter public places.

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