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China’s Covid Curbs Return as Deaths Emerge, Casting Reopening Into Doubt

  • Officials in ‘dilemma,’ asked to achieve conflicting goals
  • Colder weather, eased measures sending case counts up
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Mainland China reported its first Covid death in nearly six months. A 87-year-old man in Beijing died on Saturday, according to the official Beijing Daily. This has sparked concern that the city could see a return of heightened restrictions. Emma O’Brien reports on Bloomberg Television.Source: Bloomberg

Barely a week in, China’s lighter-touch Covid Zero policy is already running into trouble.

Surging infections are threatening to overwhelm some of the country’s biggest and most important cities, with local officials stymied over how to control the contagion without the usual tools of mass citywide testing and snap lockdowns. Three Covid deaths in the capital Beijing, the first in more than six months, provided a reality check for a population that’s been shielded from the pathogen by the stringent approach.