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Chinese cities ease COVID curbs as top virus official hails 'new situation'

After protests, Guangzhou and Chongqing roll back dining and travel restrictions

Restaurants in downtown Guangzhou reopened for indoor dining Thursday. (Photo by Yusuke Hinata)

GUANGZHOU -- Two major Chinese cities moved Thursday to relax coronavirus control measures as frustration with the country's strict zero-COVID policy boils over into widespread public dissent.

Central Guangzhou lifted its ban on indoor dining and scrapped PCR test requirements to enter many buildings. Chongqing loosened travel restrictions in some parts of the city.

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