A woman and a child look out through gaps in the barriers at a closed residential area during a Covid-19 lockdown, in Shanghai, on May 10. Photo: Reuters
A woman and a child look out through gaps in the barriers at a closed residential area during a Covid-19 lockdown, in Shanghai, on May 10. Photo: Reuters
Shen Yang
Opinion

Opinion

Shen Yang

China’s zero-Covid policy is not helping its drive to raise birth rates

  • Many women are putting off pregnancy due to concerns over lockdowns and being turned away at hospitals, even as the economy and household finances suffer
  • Instead of spending huge sums on mass testing, Beijing should make housing, schooling and childcare more affordable and stop treating women as reproduction tools

A woman and a child look out through gaps in the barriers at a closed residential area during a Covid-19 lockdown, in Shanghai, on May 10. Photo: Reuters
A woman and a child look out through gaps in the barriers at a closed residential area during a Covid-19 lockdown, in Shanghai, on May 10. Photo: Reuters
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