Why aren’t China’s Covid lockdowns working? | World

In the end, the virus wins. Three years ago, in a city few had heard of outside China, a new virus emerged. Three months later, as it spread from human to human, following the annual Chinese New Year migration to every corner of the country, it was clear that it would never go away.

Since the origination of the epidemic in Wuhan, there has been only one goal of the lockdown: to buy time. Or, at least, that is what has been most assumed to be the purpose.

These days, strategies to contain Covid are intensely political. In the post-mortem period of the pandemic, scientists and politicians can range on a spectrum, from “zero Covid” sites to Swedish “herd immunity”. For most countries, though, zero Covid – maximum suppression

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