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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.

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