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China abandons COVID case reporting as infections explode

Health agency gives up tracing no-symptom cases as hospitals inundated

The scene outside a fever clinic at Chaoyang Hospital in Beijing on Dec. 13: China's capital has been hit by a wave of infections.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG -- China on Wednesday gave up reporting asymptomatic COVID-19 cases as hospitals in Beijing battled to keep up with a surge of infections, while a top economic planning meeting was reportedly delayed over health fears.

Last week, the government announced a sharp pivot away from a zero-COVID policy that relied on years of mass lockdowns and testing to tamp down outbreaks.

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