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2 years on, China's public fed up with 'zero COVID' policy

Stringent approach comes with heavy costs as businesses are shuttered

A man takes a COVID-19 test on a street in Dalian, China. (Photo by Shin Watanabe)

DALIAN, China -- As China enters its third year of the coronavirus pandemic, citizens have grown increasingly frustrated with Beijing's stringent "zero COVID" policy that exacts a heavy economic toll.

Unlike a response that seeks to limit COVID-19 infections to manageable levels, Beijing continues to lock down a region if one case is discovered and subject all people in the area to PCR tests.

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