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COVID is spreading rapidly in China, new signs suggest

By Chang Che

25 Dec 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Since China ended its "zero Covid" policy, the magnitude of the outbreak that followed remained largely a mystery. But signs are emerging that the virus is spreading like wildfire, the NYT reports.

Since China abandoned its restrictive “zero-COVID” policy about two weeks ago, the intensity and magnitude of the country’s first nationwide outbreak has remained largely a mystery. With the country ending mass testing, case counts are less useful. The government has a narrow definition of which deaths should count as caused by COVID. Anecdotal evidence, like social media postings of hospital morgues overcrowded with body bags, is quickly taken down by censors.

Now, a picture is emerging of the virus spreading like wildfire.

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