China's Zero-Covid Reckoning - WSJ - The Wall Street Journal

Remember when China's handling of Covid-19 was supposed to be a global model? Western public-health sages looked fondly on Beijing's zero-Covid policy as an alternative to America's messy democratic decision to live with the virus after the disastrous initial lockdowns. Well, so much for that.

As the third anniversary of the Covid outbreak nears, China is reporting record infections. The daily highs are surpassing April's surge in Shanghai, which shut down for two months. Outbreaks are occurring across China, and cities are again imposing lockdowns. Nomura, the Japanese brokerage, estimates that more than a fifth of the country is under restricted movement.

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