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China food prices soar as zero-COVID policy stokes inflation

Vegetables driven up 24% by transport disruption and high fuel costs

Some supermarkets in Beijing sell out of food as the public fears lockdowns.   © Kyodo

BEIJING -- Chinese restrictions meant to contain the coronavirus have driven up prices of vegetables and other food, the latest inflation figures show, leaving consumers with less money with which to stoke Asia's biggest economy.

Prices of fresh vegetables are 24% higher than a year ago, the April consumer price index released Wednesday by the National Bureau of Statistics shows. The rate of increase is nearly 7 percentage points higher than March's reading.

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