For Its Next Zero Covid Chapter, China Turns to Mass Testing


For an hour every day, Xu Xinhua waits in line for a health worker to push a swab down his throat and swirl it around. Each time, he hopes his Covid test will be negative so that he may continue delivering food, medicine and flowers to residents across Shanghai.

Mr. Xu, 49, is paid hourly by Shansong Express, an intercity courier service, but only when he is fulfilling orders. “That means you work an hour for no gain,” Mr. Xu said in an interview.

The routine is familiar to hundreds of…



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