For the longest time, it looked as if China could keep Covid out thanks to its strict safety measures. Even when the far more contagious Omicron variant was first found in Chinese cities at the beginning of January, authorities initially managed to contain the outbreaks. But now 19 regions are simultaneously reporting new outbreaks. And with Changchun in the north and Shenzhen in the far south, two metropolises that are important for the economy have been placed under lockdown.
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