Hong Kong’s ‘zero-covid’ policy buckles under the onslaught of omicron — but authorities just won’t let it go

Her public housing complex, Kwai Chung, had turned into a dystopian tableau. Locked down by the government over fears of a covid outbreak, residents could only leave for daily tests administered by hazmat-suited health workers in blue pop-up tents. With all supplies cut off, meals — oily and barely edible — were distributed by authorities. Garbage piled up “like a mountain,” Chan, 37, said, with some of the bags leaking brown liquid all over the floor.

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