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Coronavirus

China holds out on 'zero COVID' goal ahead of Beijing Olympics

5,000-room quarantine complex nears completion in Guangzhou, with more in works

A health worker administers a coronavirus test in Beijing. Unlike most of the world, China is sticking to its goal of eliminating coronavirus cases completely.   © Reuters

DALIAN/GUANGZHOU, China -- China is ramping up its push to end a coronavirus outbreak with less than 100 days until the Winter Olympics in Beijing, an event President Xi Jinping considers a key steppingstone toward solidifying a rare third term as leader.

On the outskirts of the southern industrial hub of Guangzhou, the final touches are being put on an expansive complex consisting of rows upon rows of white buildings.

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