How is China ending its zero-covid policy affecting cases and deaths?

Covid-19 cases are mounting in China after the government announced it would no longer pursue a zero-covid policy


| Analysis

22 December 2022

People waiting outside a clinic in Beijing

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A potentially devastating wave of covid-19 is threatening China after the government announced it would forgo its zero-covid policy – a shift that could result in over a million covid-19 deaths in the country next year.

While it’s hard to pin down the exact scope of the virus due to China discontinuing widespread testing, reports suggest hospitals and morgues are overwhelmed by a surge in infections, says Jennifer Bouey at the RAND Corporation, a non-profit research organisation in Washington DC. “We’re at the …

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