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China’s Xinjiang region has been on lockdown for months, casting a shadow over zero-covid-19 mitigation

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As Covid-19 cases prompt a new wave of lockdowns in China’s major cities, those living in cities in the country’s remote western region of Xinjiang say they have endured months of lockdowns while local officials have been largely silent.

Local authorities began ordering residents to stay at home after clusters of Covid began spreading across Xinjiang in early August. The main cities of the region stopped transport, delaying some summer tourists until the beginning of winter. Restrictions remain in many parts of the region as officials struggle to comply with orders from Beijing to be more precise in applying Covid controls.

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