‘A very hard road ahead’ for China as COVID-19 cases spiral


              FILE - A family member carries the photo of a deceased relative outside a crematorium in Beijing, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. Nearly three years after it was first identified in China, the coronavirus is now spreading through the vast country. Experts predict difficult months ahead for its 1.4 billion people. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
            
              FILE - Workers transfer a body into a container for storage at a crematorium in Beijing, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. Nearly three years after it was first identified in China, the coronavirus is now spreading through the vast country. Experts predict difficult months ahead for its 1.4 billion people. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
            
              FILE - Family members collect the cremated remains of their loved one bundled with red cloth outside a crematorium in Beijing, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. Nearly three years after it was first identified in China, the coronavirus is now spreading through the vast country. Experts predict difficult months ahead for its 1.4 billion people. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
            
              FILE - Family members in protective gear collect the cremated remains of their loved one bundled with yellow cloth at a crematorium in Beijing, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. Nearly three years after it was first identified in China, the coronavirus is now spreading through the vast country. Experts predict difficult months ahead for its 1.4 billion people. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
            
              Workers unload a body from a vehicle for cremation at Gaobeidian Funeral Home in northern China's Hebei province, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022. Nearly three years after it was first identified in China, the coronavirus is now spreading through the vast country. Experts predict difficult months ahead for its 1.4 billion people. (AP Photo, File)
            
              FILE - Family members burn paper offering for their deceased relative at Gaobeidian Funeral Home in northern China's Hebei province, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022. Nearly three years after it was first identified in China, the coronavirus is now spreading through the vast country. Experts predict difficult months ahead for its 1.4 billion people. (AP Photo, File)
            
              FILE - Visitors wait in the emergency department at the Baoding No. 2 Central Hospital in Zhuozhou city in northern China's Hebei province on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Nearly three years after it was first identified in China, the coronavirus is now spreading through the vast country. Experts predict difficult months ahead for its 1.4 billion people. (AP Photo, File)
            
              FILE - Patients lie on their beds at the Baoding No. 2 Central Hospital in Zhuozhou city in northern China's Hebei province on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Nearly three years after it was first identified in China, the coronavirus is now spreading through the vast country. Experts predict difficult months ahead for its 1.4 billion people. (AP Photo/Dake Kang, File)
            
              FILE - A patient is turned away from the emergency room due to full capacity at the Baoding No. 2 Central Hospital in Zhuozhou city in northern China's Hebei province on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Nearly three years after it was first identified in China, the coronavirus is now spreading through the vast country. Experts predict difficult months ahead for its 1.4 billion people. (AP Photo/Dake Kang, File)
            
              FILE - A patient is wheeled through the emergency room at the Zhuozhou Hospital in Zhuozhou city of the Baoding prefecture in northern China's Hebei province on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Nearly three years after it was first identified in China, the coronavirus is now spreading through the vast country. Experts predict difficult months ahead for its 1.4 billion people. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)
            
              FILE - A man squats outside a treatment room as an elderly person receives help with breathing via a manual ventilator pump at the emergency department of the Baoding No. 2 Central Hospital in Zhuozhou city of Baoding prefecture in northern China's Hebei province on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Nearly three years after it was first identified in China, the coronavirus is now spreading through the vast country. Experts predict difficult months ahead for its 1.4 billion people. (AP Photo, File)
            
              A nurse gives a shot of COVID vaccine to an old woman at a community health center in Nantong in eastern China's Jiangsu province Friday, Dec. 09, 2022. Nearly three years after it was first identified in China, the coronavirus is now spreading through the vast country. Experts predict difficult months ahead for its 1.4 billion people. (Chinatopix Via AP)
‘A very hard road ahead’ for China as COVID-19 cases spiral