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Delta wave may have peaked but it won’t be the last

Aggressive containment measures, mass testing and quarantine appear already to be bringing China’s Delta outbreak under control. The economic cost should be fleeting – but it will be felt beyond China’s shores due to the closure of another major port terminal. And it won’t be the last bout of disruption. Meanwhile, the People’s Bank is likely to deliver a policy signal early next week in the form of an MLF operation.
Mark Williams Chief Asia Economist
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