China promises change but sticks to severe ‘zero COVID’ plan


              Residents wearing face masks enjoy the autumn-colored ginkgo trees outside a public park which has ordered to close as part of COVID-19 controls in Beijing, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A worker in protective clothing stands watch along metal barriers set up around the shuttered shophouses that were locked down as part of COVID-19 controls in Beijing, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A worker in protective clothing stands as a worker of a private delivery company passes by metal barriers set up around a shophouses that was locked down as part of COVID-19 controls in Beijing, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A worker wearing a protective suit registers a woman for a COVID-19 test at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. A surge in COVID-19 cases has spurred lockdowns in the southern Chinese manufacturing hub of Guangzhou, adding to financial pressure that has disrupted global supply chains and sharply slowed growth in the world's second-largest economy. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              People wearing face masks stand in line for COVID-19 tests at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. A surge in COVID-19 cases has spurred lockdowns in the southern Chinese manufacturing hub of Guangzhou, adding to financial pressure that has disrupted global supply chains and sharply slowed growth in the world's second-largest economy. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
            
              A woman has her throat swabbed for a COVID-19 test at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A woman has her throat swabbed for a COVID-19 test at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A worker in protective suit collects a sample from a woman on a wheelchair at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A worker in protective clothing keeps watch along metal barriers set up around the shuttered shophouses that were locked down as part of COVID-19 controls in Beijing, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              Residents wearing masks line up for COVID test near the iconic CCTV Tower in Beijing, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
China promises change but sticks to severe ‘zero COVID’ plan