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More and more lockdowns: Respect for the authorities is waning

The fountains at Tianyi Square in Ningbo – unusually deserted.

In the beginning, everything happened very fast in the Beilun district of the ten-million metropolis of Ningbo. The district government imposed the so-called “in yes, out no” policy. Travelers were free to enter the city but not allowed to leave. “It feels like a trap,” said a Shanghai businessman. The middle-aged man only wanted to visit Ningbo for an appointment; in the end, without any preparation, it turned into a weeks-long stay. At first, escape seemed impossible.

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