Days after a 17-year-old girl tested positive for COVID-19 in a remote part of western China last week, health authorities said they had tested over 4.7 million people in the region. China’s strict formula of immediate lockdowns and mass testing even at the first signs of infection has been vital to its success in controlling the disease. The highly orchestrated strategy described as ‘overkill’ is unique among major economies at a time when Europe and the United States are facing a massive surge of new cases and often chaotic policies.
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