China’s Covid-19 Restrictions Threaten Economic Recovery

HONG KONG—China’s severe Covid-19 restrictions, which for two years helped the country’s pandemic rebound by keeping the virus outside its borders, now emerge as the biggest threat to its growth.

Signs are growing that the economy has cooled rapidly in recent weeks as the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads through dozens of Chinese cities and causes the toughest shutdowns since the early days of the pandemic in 2020.


Wj

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