China Extends Closures as Covid Rises

Hundreds of thousands more people were ordered to stay at home in northern China on Tuesday, joining millions of others under strict lockdown as the government scrambled to involve a surge in Covid instances that hit a 21-month high.

China, where the virus emerged two years ago, has followed a “Covid zero” strategy of strict border restrictions, lengthy quarantines and selective lockdowns as Beijing prepares to welcome thousands of foreigners to February’s Winter Olympics.…

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