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Many of the women in Sangeeta Siwan's Mumbai neighborhood lost their jobs during the pandemic, but they banded together to help each other through the lockdowns. From left to right: Kalawanti Yadav, Sageeta Wadule, Sangeeta Pandey and Ambika Kalshetty. Ruchi Kumar hide caption

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Shoppers return to a mall with shops re-opening for business as restrictions are eased in Beijing, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. Chinese authorities on Saturday announced a further easing of COVID-19 curbs with major cities such as Shenzhen and Beijing no longer requiring negative tests to take public transport. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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China is doing many millions of tests a day to uncover cases of COVID-19 — part of its zero-COVID policy. Above: People line up for nucleic acid tests to detect the virus at a public testing site on Nov. 17 in Beijing. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images hide caption

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Why China's 'zero COVID' policy is finally faltering

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Workers wear protective gear in a Beijing neighborhood placed under lockdown in November. China had raised hopes by slightly relaxing its zero-COVID policy, but cities have been contending with a surge in cases. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Travel rules and regulations — and national lockdowns — have varied wildly, which gave SARS-CoV-2 lots of opportunities to spread. Above: A young traveler's temperature is checked at Taipei Songshan Airport in July 2020. Chiang Ying-ying/AP hide caption

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The pandemic brought in-person learning to a halt in Guatemala. And it's been a challenge to get some schools open again. Above: Hermogenes Gonzales Mejia school in Guatemala City. which finally welcomed back its students in February. Miranda Mazariegos/NPR hide caption

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A community worker delivered daily necessities to a household in Ruili City in China's Yunnan Province during a July lockdown triggered by COVID cases. Ruili closed off its city proper and asked all residents to quarantine at home. Classes were suspended. Most establishments were closed with the exception of markets, hospitals and pharmacies. Restaurants could only offer takeout food. Wang Guansen/Xinhua/Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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A worker wearing personal protective equipment disinfects the Holy Redeemer Church in Bangkok after a Christmas Eve mass. Thailand is one of many countries now seeing a surge in cases. Romeo Gacad/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Why The World Is Seeing Some Of Its Most Extreme Pandemic Lockdowns

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An assortment of U.K. daily newspapers shows front-page headlines reporting on the tight new coronavirus restrictions for London and the southeast of England, canceling Christmas gatherings for those in the new "Tier 4" category. Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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With new infections rising across the country, states are struggling to slow the spread, and testing can barely keep up. Here, people line up outside a coronavirus testing site this month in New York. Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Shoppers buy face masks on O'Connell Street in Dublin, Ireland, on Tuesday. Ireland's government is putting the country at its highest level of coronavirus restrictions for six weeks in a bid to combat a rise in infections. Niall Carson/AP hide caption

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