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Under China's 'zero COVID,' uncertainty reigns and unsettles

In the wake of a wave of public anger not seen for decades, the government announced Wednesday that it would relax some of the most onerous restrictions. But perhaps now more than ever, Chinese people face a confusing mass of measures, as local officials struggle to balance the latest policy directives with the fear of an uncontrolled outbreak.

A view from the sealed-off back seat of a car used to ferry Leah Zhang to a quarantine hotel in Chongqing autonomous region. (Leah Zhang via AP)

China eases anti-COVID-19 measures following protests

China rolled back rules on isolating people with COVID-19 and dropped virus test requirements for some public places Wednesday in a dramatic change to a strategy that confined millions of people to their homes and sparked protests and demands for President Xi Jinping to resign.

A couple wearing face masks walk past residents get their routine COVID-19 throat swabs at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. China has announced new measures rolling back COVID-19 restrictions, including limiting lockdowns and testing requirements. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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