China Covid: Why China’s zero-Covid-19 policy went awry, whereas India fared better against a tenacious virus

Epidemic control workers wear PPE as they wait to remove medical waste from apartments where people who have tested positive are doing home quarantine on December 6, 2022 in Beijing, China.


In many ways, China has become a victim of its own success. Tough countermeasures helped it cope with the early waves of the viral outbreak, but later on, that strategy ended up pushing the country into a tight corner. That’s because the virus has proven to be an invincible force that refuses to relent till it runs its course.

For months of late, as cases of Covid-19 surged in Beijing, Dai Ho (name changed) would despondently gaze from the window of his apartment in an upscale locality of the Chinese capital. Frustrated with long periods of isolation, desolate streets, and the grim outlook, the avid marathoner feels the Chinese government miserably failed to manage the recent surge in the viral outbreak. His angst resonates with thousands of angry protestors across

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