Al Jazeera English published this video item, entitled “As costs mount, how long can China stick with ‘zero COVID’?” – below is their description.
On January 23, 2020, China gave birth to “zero COVID”.
Facing the threat of a mysterious virus, authorities in Wuhan imposed the world’s first lockdown on its 11 million residents, marking the beginning of a zero-tolerance policy that would define China’s pandemic response.
Two years later, the lightning spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant and rising costs of keeping it under control are raising questions about the sustainability of China’s approach. But even as the variant pushes other parts of the world towards living with the virus, China is likely to stick to its elimination strategy despite the economic and social toll of harsher and more frequent lockdowns along with sealed borders, according to analysts.
Al Jazeera’s Katrina Yu reports from Beijing, China.
–Al Jazeera English YouTube Channel
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