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  Food shortages, medical negligence and online dissent: The growing cracks in China’s zero-covid campaign
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Last EditedWA Indy  Jan 24, 2022 11:29am
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AuthorLili Pike
News DateMonday, January 24, 2022 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionLast week, several districts in Xi’an, a northwestern Chinese city famous for its terracotta warriors, started to reopen after a nearly monthlong lockdown. Local government officials announced that they had reached their goal of zero-covid transmission — on paper, another triumph in China’s two-year campaign to vanquish the virus.

But Xi’an has paid a price for its success. It was Dec. 22 when the government suddenly thrust the city’s 13 million people into strict lockdown, in which no one could leave their homes. In the following weeks, residents in some districts started running out of food as the government failed to deliver promised groceries. “It looks like I need to eat bland noodles for a few more days just to survive,” one resident wrote on the social media site Weibo. “This is terrible. The Xi’an government is rotten to the core.” The post has since been censored.
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