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Ignoring experts, China's sudden zero-COVID exit cost lives

When China suddenly scrapped onerous zero-COVID measures in December, the country wasn't ready for a massive onslaught of cases. Hospitals turned away ambulances, crematoriums burned bodies around the clock, and relatives hauled dead loved ones to warehouses for lack of storage space.

On Qianmen pedestrian shopping street on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday in Beijing, China, on Jan. 22, 2023. (Andy Wong / AP)


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