China defends ‘dynamic zero’ COVID policy amid rising concerns of more outbreaks

China has defended its “dynamic zero” COVID policy amid rising concerns of more outbreaks across the country. Top health officials have insisted the measures are in line with pursuing economic progress. Beijing is shutting more businesses while frustration grows in Shanghai over a month-long lockdown. A single case has prompted mass testing in Hangzhou and Guangzhou. China has identified nearly 15,700 new cases, mostly in Shanghai. However, some 12 million residents from lower-risk areas can now leave their homes.

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