China Loosens Grip on Covid Three Years After First Ever Case

China Loosens Grip on Covid Three Years After First Ever Case

Exactly three years since the first documented coronavirus patient developed symptoms in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the country that fought the pathogen first and most fiercely is finally pivoting away from efforts to quash the pandemic.

The Dec. 1 anniversary of the first Covid infection to be recorded in scientific literature comes as China, under pressure from surging cases and public anger at its punishing regime, is starting to chart a path towards rejoining the rest of the world in living with the virus.

While the central Chinese leadership has remain characteristically opaque on its intentions, the signs are unmistakable. Authorities have started downplaying the severity of infections while avoiding “dynamic Covid Zero,” a term that refers to wiping out the virus. China’s Covid czar described the country as being in a “new phase” of the pandemic.

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