How Many COVID Deaths Will Chinese Protesters Accept?

Posted on AllSides December 1st, 2022
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Strict zero-COVID policies have kept disease from spreading, but at enormous social cost. How far should they be rolled back?

Anti-lockdown protests erupted across China following a deadly apartment fire in Xinjiang last week. The country’s zero-COVID policy may have been to blame, as first responders were apparently restricted from accessing the scene. Heavy-handed quarantines and endless testing are causing many harms, including food shortages and widespread unemployment. But they’re also keeping China’s COVID death toll very, very low: A study out in May from Nature Medicine, led by Shanghai researchers, estimated that without these...

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