The Price of the Zero-COVID Policy: Beijing, China
As most of the world adapts to life with the virus during the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, China continues its strictly enforced Zero-COVID Policy with frequent lockdowns. Although the country's infection rate is among the lowest in the world, the thorough policy carries major drawbacks: Countless workers are suddenly separated from their jobs, causing great personal and economic hardship. In this episode, we speak to the people in Beijing who pay a high price under the policy.
Long lines form around the PCR testing sites all over Beijing
Due to the lockdown, residents wait 6 hours in the snow to cross the border and return home
A large apartment complex is quarantined, preventing deliveries from reaching the building
Journalist Liu Bowen has chronicled the harsh conditions under the Zero-COVID Policy