July 24, 2021

China’s new strategy to tame second-wave virus outbreaks

A recent coronavirus outbreak in Beijing sowed fears of a second wave of infections in China, but officials appear to have beat back the disease with a new targeted strategy.

Authorities did not repeat the drastic nationwide shutdown seen when the virus first spread from Wuhan earlier this year.

Instead, they sealed off a limited number of residences and focused on mass testing, eventually screening more than half of the capital’s 21 million people.

This approach seems to have paid off, with reported cases falling to single digits each day by early July and zero in the past three days.

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