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Chinese pray for health in Lunar New Year as COVID death toll rises
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Chinese pray for health in Lunar New Year as COVID death toll rises

BEIJING, Jan 22 (Reuters) - China rang in the Lunar New Year on Sunday with its people praying for health after three years of stress and financial hardship under the pandemic, as officials reported almost 13,000 new deaths caused by the virus between January 13 and 19.Queues stretched for about one kilometre (a half-mile) outside the iconic Lama temple in Beijing, which had been repeatedly shut before COVID-19 restrictions ended in early December, with thousands of people waiting for their turn to pray for their loved ones.One Beijing resident said she wished the year of the rabbit will bring "health to everyone"."I think this wave of the pandemic is gone," said the 57-year-old, who only gave her last name, Fang. "I didn’t get the virus, but my husband and everyone in my family did. I ...
China’s stretched health system braces for peak in COVID infections
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China’s stretched health system braces for peak in COVID infections

COVID infections may peak next week - Chinese health officialChina reports no new COVID deaths for third dayChina still ill-prepared for major outbreak - expertsBEIJING/SHANGHAI, Dec 23 (Reuters) - China is expecting a peak in COVID-19 infections within a week, a health official said, with authorities predicting extra strain on the country's health system even as they downplay the disease's severity and continue to report no new deaths.In the face of a surging outbreak and widespread protests against its "zero-COVID" regime of lockdowns and testing, China began dismantling it this month, becoming the last major country to move towards living with the virus.Its containment measures had slowed the economy to its lowest growth rate in nearly half a century, jamming global supply chains and...