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Ahead of the opening ceremony on Feb. 4, Beijing's rising COVID cases and the human cost of China's ruthless anti-virus policy are calling the zero-tolerance approach into question.   © Illustration by Parvati Pillai
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On thin ice: Winter Olympics reveal cracks in China's zero-COVID policy

With omicron's arrival, costs of zero-tolerance measures may outweigh benefits

SHIN WATANABE, Nikkei staff writer | China

DALIAN, China -- It was 3 a.m. on a freezing January night when Ms. Wu, along with the other residents of her apartment complex in China's northeastern city of Tianjin, was roused by local authorities for an immediate PCR test. Stumbling downstairs and out into the cold, they lined up in the street for about an hour to be swabbed.

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