China’s looser anti-COVID measures met with relief, caution


              Visitors wearing masks watch as a resident walks on all four limbs as a form of exercise in the Temple of Heaven park in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. In a move that caught many by surprise, China announced a potentially major easing of its rigid "zero-COVID" restrictions, without formally abandoning the policy altogether. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Residents wearing masks chat on an empty plaza outside the train station in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. In a move that caught many by surprise, China announced a potentially major easing of its rigid "zero-COVID" restrictions, without formally abandoning the policy altogether. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              A woman wearing a mask makes a gesture for a photo near the city skyline seen from the Temple of Heaven Park in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. In a move that caught many by surprise, China announced a potentially major easing of its rigid "zero-COVID" restrictions, without formally abandoning the policy altogether. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Visitors wear masks as they visit the Temple of Heaven park in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. In a move that caught many by surprise, China announced a potentially major easing of its rigid "zero-COVID" restrictions, without formally abandoning the policy altogether. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Delivery workers line up outside a pharmacy store to collect their customer's online drug orders after authorities started easing some of the anti-virus controls in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. China is the last major country still trying to stamp out transmission of the virus while many nations switch to trying to live with it. As they lift restrictions, Chinese officials have also shifted to talking about the virus as less threatening — a possible effort to prepare people for a similar switch. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A worker in protective gear disinfects his gloves as residents get their routine COVID-19 throat swabs despite authorities starting to ease some of the anti-virus controls in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. China is the last major country still trying to stamp out transmission of the virus while many nations switch to trying to live with it. As they lift restrictions, Chinese officials have also shifted to talking about the virus as less threatening — a possible effort to prepare people for a similar switch. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
China’s looser anti-COVID measures met with relief, caution