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Why is China sticking to its strict zero-covid policy? , coronavirus pandemic

From: inside Story

Anger and frustration simmer in China over repeated lockdowns that limit economic activity and isolate millions of people.

China’s zero-tolerance approach to COVID-19 includes extensive lockdowns, travel restrictions and mass testing.

But nearly three years after the epidemic was first identified in Wuhan, cases have reached a new high.

Despite the easing of the strict policy earlier this month, outbreaks have forced shutdowns across large areas of the country.

The repeated lockdowns have drawn rare displays of public anger, including workers at the world’s biggest iPhone factory fighting alongside security forces.

So, what are the implications for China and the world?

Presenter: Cyril Venier

guest:

Einar Tangen – Senior Fellow, Tahe Institute

Alicia Garcia Herrero – Chief Economist, Asia Pacific, Natixis

Oksana Pyzik- Lead the Global Citizenship Program on Infectious Disease Outbreaks, University College London

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