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Deadly Xinjiang Blaze Prompts Anger at Covid Zero Policy

Firefighters tackle a blaze at an apartment building in Urumqi, China, on Nov. 24.

Firefighters tackle a blaze at an apartment building in Urumqi, China, on Nov. 24.

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A fire that killed at least 10 people in the Chinese city of Urumqi spurred fresh anger on social media over the country’s stringent Covid Zero policy, with online posts questioning whether prolonged lockdowns delayed rescue efforts.

The fire, which broke out in a high-rise building on Thursday evening, took nearly three hours to extinguish and spread to several floors, according to Xinhua News Agency. The report said the residential community, Jixiangyuan, was designated as a low-risk area for Covid-19 and people were allowed to leave their homes.