China softens tone on COVID severity after protests – Japan Today

China is softening its tone on the severity of COVID-19 and easing some coronavirus restrictions even as its daily case toll hovers near records, after anger over the world’s toughest curbs morphed into protests across the country.

Several cities in the world’s second-largest economy, while still reporting infections, are breaking with past practice by lifting district lockdowns and allowing businesses to reopen.

The mention of a weakening pathogenicity contrasts with earlier messages from authorities about the deadliness of the virus.

China softens tone on COVID severity after protests – Japan Today