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Xi Jinping's Covid defence strategy gets weaker with every Omicron case

China hasn't been Covid Zero for months, and with every new mutation, the stakes rise for its President and the rest of the world.

Xi Jinping, Chinese President
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President Xi Jinping has set a zero-tolerance coronavirus strategy for China.

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More than two years into the pandemic most countries are striving to live alongside Covid, accepting the virus as part of everyday life. China, where the pathogen first emerged, exists in an alternate reality, wedded to a zero-tolerance strategy that’s growing harder to maintain.

Despite firmly closed borders and a vaccination rate near 90%, the highly transmissible omicron variant has been reported in seven out of 31 provinces and all of China’s biggest cities. Port disruptions and citywide shutdowns are increasingly common, and on Monday, the government signaled it’s bracing for more: The central bank cut its key interest rate after

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First Published: Jan 19 2022 | 11:19 AM IST

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