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Lockdown Drives China’s Jilin Into Contraction in Sign of Covid Zero Costs

  • Province’s economy contracted 7.9% in the first quarter
  • That drop is likely to be repeated in Shanghai and elsewhere
A worker in collects swab sample from a resident in Jilin earlier in April.

A worker in collects swab sample from a resident in Jilin earlier in April.

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A Covid lockdown in Jilin forced the Chinese automotive and farming hub into a steep contraction in the first quarter, flashing a warning sign about the mounting economic costs of Covid Zero as Shanghai and other regions currently grapple with similar restrictions.

Gross domestic product in northeastern Jilin dropped 7.9% in the January-to-March period from a year ago, the local statistics bureau said Thursday, after the province was locked down in March to curb a large Covid outbreak. The damage to production and consumption has continued into April, with the province’s lockdown only now starting to be lifted.