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Zero-COVID limitations in China saved lives but there was no obvious escape

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The greatest outpouring of popular discontent against the ruling Communist Party in decades has been sparked by China's plan of containing the coronavirus through lockdowns, mass testing, and quarantines.

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The majority of demonstrators in Hong Kong and on the mainland have concentrated their rage on laws that force families to stay in their houses for months at a time.

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Chinese practises have been condemned as unsustainable by experts in global health.

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In an effort to slow the spread of the disease, the government of President Xi Jinping has implemented a programme of lockdowns,

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frequent testing of millions of individuals, and protracted quarantines for visitors from abroad.

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Other nations experienced lockdowns and other restrictions at the start of the pandemic, however these were soon lifted. In China, the technique initially worked to keep the death toll low.

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 The population of China is now, however, only very minimally exposed to the virus.

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Additionally, China primarily uses vaccines that are domestically manufactured, which are less effective than ones that are commonly used overseas, and not enough old people are receiving adequate protection.

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