The High Cost of Zero Transmission

In the southwestern Chinese town of Ruili, residents are speaking out about the reality of living under the country’s zero-transmission policy. They rail against restrictions that have forbidden businesses from selling goods and left residents “starving inside makeshift quarantine centers.”
 
Spitting distance from Burma, Ruili’s outbreaks have been blamed on cross-border travel of traders and refugees, adding to the intense pressure already on China’s local governments to stay infection-free and stamp out small outbreaks.
 
As resident Li Jie put it, coming out of a 2-week hotel quarantine: “We support the government and its policies but that does not mean we should also have to go hungry.”

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