Community officials came under immense pressure when public perception of zero-Covid shifted. Photo: EPA-EFE
Community officials came under immense pressure when public perception of zero-Covid shifted. Photo: EPA-EFE

China’s zero-Covid foot soldiers left anxious in role as social ‘buffers’, study finds

  • Frontline workers had to meet top-down targets despite lack of agency, while tackling public discontent with zero-Covid, researchers find
  • Hierarchical chain of command, intensified workloads and intense pressure on local cadres led to ‘grass- roots fatigue’, study says

Community officials came under immense pressure when public perception of zero-Covid shifted. Photo: EPA-EFE
Community officials came under immense pressure when public perception of zero-Covid shifted. Photo: EPA-EFE
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