Lockdowns, quarantines, mass testing: For more than a year, China has followed variations of that formula for dealing with the coronavirus — and a new outbreak suggests that they may be part of Chinese life for some time to come.
The latest cases have been found in Guangzhou, the capital of the southern province of Guangdong. The authorities have blamed the Delta variant, which was first detected in India.
The city tested practically its entire population of 18.7 million between Sunday and Tuesday.
It has also put neighborhoods of more than 180,000 residents under total lockdown.
Residents are growing tired of that pattern, and foreign businesses are getting worried that strict rules for international travelers — even vaccinated ones — might snarl plans.
The spread of the virus has raised fresh questions about the effectiveness of China’s vaccines, particularly against variants.
Cases are also surging in Mongolia, where half the population has received the vaccine developed by the Chinese drugmaker Sinopharm.
Courtesy – NYT