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Why are China's COVID-19 rules so strict?

At the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, China set out its 'zero-COVID' measures that were harsh, but not out of line with what many other countries were doing to try and contain the virus. While most other nations saw the health and safety regulations as temporary until vaccines were widely available, however, China has stuck steadfastly to its strategy.

A man smokes while pushing a trolley loaded with groceries on a quiet street in Beijing, China, on Nov. 29, 2022. (Andy Wong / AP)

Students sent home, police on patrol as China curbs protests

Chinese universities sent students home and police fanned out in Beijing and Shanghai to prevent more protests Tuesday after crowds angered by severe anti-virus restrictions called for leader Xi Jinping to resign in the biggest show of public dissent in decades.

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