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Zero-COVID exit throws China's economy into disarray

Surge in cases depletes workforce, from factories to food delivery

A delivery driver picks up an order at a pharmacy in Beijing.   © Reuters

DALIAN, China/BEIJING -- A week since the effective end of China's campaign to stamp out COVID-19, cases appear to be soaring in big cities, forcing a wide array of businesses to grapple with labor shortages.

China on Tuesday pulled the plug on its "mobile itinerary card," a smartphone tracking app that had been introduced during the early days of the outbreak in 2020 and had become a symbol of the zero-COVID campaign.

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