Mass PCR testing is a cornerstone of China’s zero-Covid policy but analysts warn resources could be diverted from better long-term strategies. Photo: AFP
Mass PCR testing is a cornerstone of China’s zero-Covid policy but analysts warn resources could be diverted from better long-term strategies. Photo: AFP

What next for China’s zero-Covid policy after Shanghai lockdown?

  • Subtle changes have been introduced to prevent widespread closures but the reliance on PCR testing has huge costs
  • Experts say the approach is financially unsustainable and there is also a possibility strict controls could become the new normal for society

Mass PCR testing is a cornerstone of China’s zero-Covid policy but analysts warn resources could be diverted from better long-term strategies. Photo: AFP
Mass PCR testing is a cornerstone of China’s zero-Covid policy but analysts warn resources could be diverted from better long-term strategies. Photo: AFP
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