China pivots from zero-COVID policies after protests

China on Wednesday announced the most sweeping changes to its resolute anti-COVID-19 regime since the pandemic began three years ago, loosening rules that curbed the spread of the virus but sparked protests and hobbled the world’s second largest economy.

The relaxation of rules, which includes allowing infected people with mild symptoms to quarantine at home and dropping testing for people traveling domestically, is the clearest sign yet Beijing is pivoting away from its zero-COVID-19 policy to let people live with the disease.

But health officials are still warning that they will closely watch trends in deaths and adequacy of medical resources in case a return to tougher measures is needed.

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