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China Urged Not to Be ‘War Weary’ Amid More Covid Lockdowns

  • Xinjiang, Tibetan capitals see restrictions as outbreaks flare
  • China still seeking to wipe out cases with Covid Zero strategy
A staff disinfects a cinema in Urumqi, Xinjiang on Aug. 9.
A staff disinfects a cinema in Urumqi, Xinjiang on Aug. 9.Photographer: Liu Xin/China News Service/Getty Images
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Chinese officials must avoid becoming “slack” and “war weary” when it comes to fighting Covid-19, according to a top Communist Party newspaper, as more tourist destinations -- including the capital of the contentious Xinjiang region -- impose restrictions aimed at stamping out cases. 

The state-run Economic Daily made the call in a front-page commentary Wednesday, noting that unlike Western countries China’s approach to quelling the virus seeks to prevent deaths and protect people’s health. The article, which acknowledged pandemic controls were having an impact on people’s lives, follows a meeting of the Politburo last month, where the strict Covid Zero policy was reinforced by China’s top leaders.