Photos: Daily life resumes as authorities ease Covid-19 restrictions in China

Published on Dec 06, 2022 05:49 PM IST

China’s capital Beijing dropped the mandatory requirement to produce negative Covid test reports to enter supermarkets and offices on December 6 following the historic protests against the restrictions, last month. "Beijing readies itself for life again" read a headline in the government-owned China Daily newspaper, adding that people were "gradually embracing" the slow return to normality. The move comes as top officials softened their tone on the severity of the virus, bringing China closer to other countries that had opted to live with the virus while dropping restrictions since more than a year. China reported 5,235 Covid related deaths as of December 5.

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A woman presents her health code to a pandemic prevention worker to enter a residential compound in Beijing, on December 4. China's capital Beijing eased the Covid-19 restrictions across the country on December 6 following last month's historic protests.(Thomas Peter / REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Dec 06, 2022 05:49 PM IST

A woman presents her health code to a pandemic prevention worker to enter a residential compound in Beijing, on December 4. China's capital Beijing eased the Covid-19 restrictions across the country on December 6 following last month's historic protests.(Thomas Peter / REUTERS)

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Residents with their children and toddlers play outside a mall in Beijing, on December 4. The shift brings China closer to what other countries have been saying for more than a year as they dropped restrictions and opted to live with the virus.(Andy Wong / AP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Dec 06, 2022 05:49 PM IST

Residents with their children and toddlers play outside a mall in Beijing, on December 4. The shift brings China closer to what other countries have been saying for more than a year as they dropped restrictions and opted to live with the virus.(Andy Wong / AP)

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Residents wearing face masks walk past caution tapes as they head for their routine Covid-19 throat swabs collection at a testing site in Beijing, on December 6. China may announce 10 new nationwide easing measures as early as December 7, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.(Andy Wong / AP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Dec 06, 2022 05:49 PM IST

Residents wearing face masks walk past caution tapes as they head for their routine Covid-19 throat swabs collection at a testing site in Beijing, on December 6. China may announce 10 new nationwide easing measures as early as December 7, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.(Andy Wong / AP)

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Shoppers walk through a shopping mall after it reopened following the easing of anti-virus controls in Beijing, on December 6. The easing of coronavirus restrictions has sparked optimism among investors for a broader reopening of the world's second biggest economy that could boost global growth. (Andy Wong / AP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Dec 06, 2022 05:49 PM IST

Shoppers walk through a shopping mall after it reopened following the easing of anti-virus controls in Beijing, on December 6. The easing of coronavirus restrictions has sparked optimism among investors for a broader reopening of the world's second biggest economy that could boost global growth. (Andy Wong / AP)

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Cars drive past as sirens are sounded in tribute to China's former leader Jiang Zemin, as his public memorial service takes place in Beijing on December 6. Despite reassurances from authorities, commuter traffic in major cities such as Beijing and Chongqing remains at a fraction of previous levels, Reuters reported.(Jade Gao / AFP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Dec 06, 2022 05:49 PM IST

Cars drive past as sirens are sounded in tribute to China's former leader Jiang Zemin, as his public memorial service takes place in Beijing on December 6. Despite reassurances from authorities, commuter traffic in major cities such as Beijing and Chongqing remains at a fraction of previous levels, Reuters reported.(Jade Gao / AFP)

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A view of a Covid-19 swab collection site in Beijing, on December 6. China reported 5,235 Covid related deaths as of December 5, but some experts have warned that toll could rise above 1 million if the exit is too hasty, Reuters reported.(Andy Wong / AP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Dec 06, 2022 05:49 PM IST

A view of a Covid-19 swab collection site in Beijing, on December 6. China reported 5,235 Covid related deaths as of December 5, but some experts have warned that toll could rise above 1 million if the exit is too hasty, Reuters reported.(Andy Wong / AP)

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Workers in protective suits remove bags of medical waste outside a building where residents are isolating, in Beijing, on December 5. China's management of the disease may be downgraded as soon as January, to the less strict Category B from the current top-level Category A of infectious disease, Reuters reported.(Thomas Peter / REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Dec 06, 2022 05:49 PM IST

Workers in protective suits remove bags of medical waste outside a building where residents are isolating, in Beijing, on December 5. China's management of the disease may be downgraded as soon as January, to the less strict Category B from the current top-level Category A of infectious disease, Reuters reported.(Thomas Peter / REUTERS)

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People walk through the Wangfujing shopping street after authorities started easing some of the anti-virus controls in Beijing, on December 6. Analysts now predict China may re-open the economy and drop border controls sooner than expected next year, with some seeing it fully open in spring.(Andy Wong / AP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Dec 06, 2022 05:49 PM IST

People walk through the Wangfujing shopping street after authorities started easing some of the anti-virus controls in Beijing, on December 6. Analysts now predict China may re-open the economy and drop border controls sooner than expected next year, with some seeing it fully open in spring.(Andy Wong / AP)

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