Commentary: China is too focused on worst-case scenario to give up zero-COVID now


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SINGAPORE: Shanghai emerged from a gruelling two-month lockdown on Jun 1, to the relief of its residents. But worries about further “closed management” movement restrictions persist as all districts are required to conduct mass COVID-19 testing every weekend until the end of July. The spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant has inflicted enormous socioeconomic losses upon China since the beginning of this year, with lockdowns in large cities like Shanghai, Changchun and Jilin shutting factories and production lines. The Chinese government is now trying to strike a balance between maintaining economic growth and containing COVID-19, as the next chapter...