Cindy Yu Cindy Yu

China is paying a high price for opening up

A man being tested for Covid in Beijing, China (Credit: Getty images)

Beijing’s roads are busy once more. Though zero Covid had ended in December, cities across China emptied out again over the past month as the virus swept through the population. Many stayed home to avoid getting infected or, more likely, to recover from infection. One government model estimated that a fifth of the Chinese population (250 million people) were infected in the first twenty days of December.

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