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China should drop medical workers' zero-COVID charges: professor

With change in policy, previous basis for convictions no longer exists

Some local authorities are allowing village health clinics, community health centers and individual clinics to take in patients with fever and respiratory symptoms in order to divert pressure from fever clinics of medical institutions.

A Chinese legal expert has defended medical personnel who treated COVID patients in violation of then-valid disease control rules before the country's abrupt policy reversal, calling them "innocent" and urging prosecutors to drop charges against those awaiting trial.

There have been a number of cases of medical institutions illegally admitting fever patients under previous COVID rules. Some of these institutions and their staff have been placed under investigation, but have not yet been punished.

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