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‘We’ve totally confused residents’: China’s Covid policy flip-flop stokes frustration

By Ryan McMorrow and Nian Liu

23 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Days after the northern Chinese city of Shijiazhuang reopened, barista Lu Mengyuan donned her apron, applied her eye glitter and was again whipping up coffee and hot Chinese crepes for the trickle of residents venturing slowly from their homes.

Like many others, Lu believed the city’s abrupt reopening in the middle of a Covid-19 wave and its vow to do away with mass testing marked a turning point. “We’re the first in China, an experiment,” she said last Wednesday. “We will not lock back up.”

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