chinas abrupt reversal of zero covid

Alex Stern, Diana Nguyen and

Shannon Lin and

M.J. Davis Lin and

Marion Lozano and


For nearly three years, China had one of the lowest coronavirus death rates in the world, thanks to its strict yet effective “zero Covid” approach.

But last month, the government suddenly abandoned the policy. Since then, there have been millions of coronavirus cases across the country.


Alexandra Stevenson, the Shanghai bureau chief for The New York Times.

Patients in the hallways of a hospital in Shanghai. China’s party-run media has cast the shift in policy as a stressful but well-considered exit.

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Alexandra Stevenson contributed reporting.

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