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China Relaxes COVID Policies Even as Cases May Be Surging


A woman wearing a face mask practices freestyle skating in an ice rink normally crowded with skaters in a shopping mall in Beijing, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022.

China continues to relax its stringent COVID regulations even as reports emerge about a surge in cases and deaths.

Monday, state media reported that people in Chongqing, one of China’s largest cities can go to work “as normal,” even if they have mild COVID symptoms.

Concern is still high about the relatively low vaccination rate among China’s elderly. State media report that vaccination teams are going door to door in Beijing hoping to vaccinate people over 60.

Another potential problem is that since much of China has been under lockdown for months, the Chinese population has had limited exposure to the COVID virus.

The Associated Press reports that Chinese health authorities have reported the country’s first COVID-19 deaths in more than two weeks.

Chinese officials do not adhere to the same methods of reporting COVID cases and deaths that other countries follow. For example, China only reports as COVID deaths people who had no underlying conditions.

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