Maskless World Cup scenes spark anger in zero-Covid China

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(FRANCE 24) – China is the last major economy still attempting to stamp out the domestic spread of Covid-19, and has continued to shut down entire cities, seal off neighbourhoods and impose mandatory tests on millions.

Driven by the fast-spreading Omicron variant, daily cases in the country hit 29,157 on Wednesday -- low compared to most other countries but nearing the domestic record set earlier this year.

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Authorities have put more than a quarter of the Chinese population under some form of lockdown as of Tuesday, according to Nomura analysts -- a contrast with the raucous World Cup crowds that have infuriated many Chinese social media users.

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