A week into easing, uncertainty over China virus direction


              A man disinfects through a deserted mall in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A resident walks her dog past a sign for the newly opened second fever clinic of the Chaoyang Hospital using a gymnasium in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A outdoor store sells food on a street in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A delivery man eats his breakfast at a store in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A resident walks a dog on a quiet street past a shuttered newsstand in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A delivery man walks past shuttered shops in a mall in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A resident wearing mask sits perched on a road barrier near a hospital in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Visitors stand in the waiting area of a community health clinic in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A resident waits in a community health clinic in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A man disinfects through a deserted mall in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A resident walks her dog past a sign for the newly opened second fever clinic of the Chaoyang Hospital using a gymnasium in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A outdoor store sells food on a street in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A delivery man eats his breakfast at a store in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A resident walks a dog on a quiet street past a shuttered newsstand in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A delivery man walks past shuttered shops in a mall in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A resident wearing mask sits perched on a road barrier near a hospital in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Visitors stand in the waiting area of a community health clinic in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A resident waits in a community health clinic in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A man disinfects through a deserted mall in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A resident walks her dog past a sign for the newly opened second fever clinic of the Chaoyang Hospital using a gymnasium in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A outdoor store sells food on a street in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A delivery man eats his breakfast at a store in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A resident walks a dog on a quiet street past a shuttered newsstand in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A delivery man walks past shuttered shops in a mall in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A resident wearing mask sits perched on a road barrier near a hospital in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Visitors stand in the waiting area of a community health clinic in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A resident waits in a community health clinic in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Residents pass by an outdoor stand selling food in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A resident walks with groceries past a sign advertising the newly opened second fever clinic of the Chaoyang Hospital using a gymnasium in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A resident walks her dog past a sign for the newly opened second fever clinic of the Chaoyang Hospital using a gymnasium in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A delivery man walks past shuttered shops in a mall in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A resident walks a dog on a quiet street past a shuttered newsstand in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A worker puts up a poster promoting an online fever clinic service outside a hospital in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A man wearing a mask walks past a 24-hour pharmacy next to an apparel shop in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A delivery man walks past shuttered shops in a mall in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A delivery man eats his breakfast at a store in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A outdoor store sells food on a street in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A masked man talks to a worker in protective gear near a notice board that reads, "There are many emergency patients at the moment, limited waiting space for fever infusion and long waiting time, please choose to go to nearest hospital," as residents wait to get into a hospital in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A man disinfects through a deserted mall in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A man looks at his COVID-19 antigen test outside a hospital in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. China said Wednesday that it would stop reporting asymptomatic COVID-19 cases since they've become impossible to track with mass testing no longer required, another step in the country's departure from some of the world's strictest antivirus policies. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              Residents wearing face masks walk by a COVID-19 antigen test instruction poster as they walk to a hospital in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. China said Wednesday that it would stop reporting asymptomatic COVID-19 cases since they've become impossible to track with mass testing no longer required, another step in the country's departure from some of the world's strictest antivirus policies. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              People wear protective gear outside a hospital in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. China said Wednesday that it would stop reporting asymptomatic COVID-19 cases since they've become impossible to track with mass testing no longer required, another step in the country's departure from some of the world's strictest antivirus policies. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A couple wearing protective gear stand outside a hospital in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. China said Wednesday that it would stop reporting asymptomatic COVID-19 cases since they've become impossible to track with mass testing no longer required, another step in the country's departure from some of the world's strictest antivirus policies. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A worker in protective gear checks on residents' reservations outside a hospital in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A week after China eased some of the world's strictest COVID-19 containment measures, uncertainty remains over the direction of the pandemic in the world's most populous nation. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              Residents wearing protective gear walk by a COVID-19 antigen test instruction poster on display outside a hospital in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. China said Wednesday that it would stop reporting asymptomatic COVID-19 cases since they've become impossible to track with mass testing no longer required, another step in the country's departure from some of the world's strictest antivirus policies. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              Residents administer a COVID-19 antigen test on themselves before entering a hospital in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. China said Wednesday that it would stop reporting asymptomatic COVID-19 cases since they've become impossible to track with mass testing no longer required, another step in the country's departure from some of the world's strictest antivirus policies. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A week into easing, uncertainty over China virus direction