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Xi’s third term starts with COVID quarantines surging

On some measures China’s current COVID situation is about as bad as it has ever been. While far fewer infections are being found daily than at the peak of the Omicron wave, new cases are geographically spread just as wide, with the result that the threat of local lockdowns is high. The number of people in quarantine tripled during October. There is not much sign of major disruption to industry. But the risk of getting quarantined is continuing to depress consumer activity. And there’s little prospect of a lasting change as long as zero-COVID remains the national goal.

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