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China Recommits to Covid Zero Amid Festering Xi’an Outbreak

  • Lockdown of Xi’an the most stringent since Wuhan in 2020
  • Officials pledge to curb outbreak quickly, with minimal cost
A health worker prepares to administer a nucleic acid in Xi ‘an on Dec. 29.
A health worker prepares to administer a nucleic acid in Xi ‘an on Dec. 29.Photographer:  Cang Hai/Costfoto//Getty Images
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Chinese officials renewed their commitment to a zero tolerance approach to Covid-19 even as they battle what is becoming the biggest and most protracted outbreak since the virus emerged in Wuhan two years ago.

Health officials vowed not to waver in their efforts to quash any domestic resurgence and to prevent the virus from crossing borders at a briefing in Beijing on Wednesday. The government limited entry into the capital city on Friday for anyone with a travel history to a border county within the previous two weeks, even if there haven’t been any cases in those places.