Chinese cities welcome 2023 without anti-covid restrictions

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Chinese cities welcome 2023 without anti-covid restrictions

Many Chinese cities welcomed 2023 without the anti- covid restrictions that are common in recent years, even though the country continues to suffer from its biggest wave of contagions, which some sources say causes thousands of deaths daily.

Large crowds in some Chinese cities welcomed 2023 without the usual anti covid restrictions in recent years despite the fact that the country continues to suffer its biggest wave of contagions, which according to some sources causes thousands of deaths daily.

Thousands of people gathered in the most emblematic places of cities such as Chongqing center Wuhan center Shijiazhuang north Lanzhou west or Zhengzhou center last night to witness the countdown before the new year, according to testimonies on social media.

People have been oppressed for too long. It's time to party, according to a user of the Weibo social network, which is blocked in the country.

The cancellations of mass events recorded on the last day of 2021 were a contrast to the cancellations of mass events when the zero covid policy was dismantled by the authorities in the last month after protests were recorded. Activities such as the end-of-year flea markets or the traditional ringing of bells in some religious temples were banned in many cities.

This weekend other residents of the Asian giant took advantage of three public holidays to travel, and the recent lifting of PCR testing requirements and other controls that had complicated inter-provincial travel for months.

The Beijing Transport Commission said air travel in the capital reached a peak this weekend, surpassing the 1,000 daily flight threshold for the first time since the dissolution of the zero covid guideline, while the central province of Shaanxi estimated that there would be up to six times as many train journeys in its territory as in the same holiday period a year ago.

Covid continues to spread across China, although official figures on Sunday reported only one covid death on the last day of the year.

The widespread spread of the disease has cast doubt on the reliability of official data, which have only a handful of deaths from the disease, even though localities and provinces have estimated that a significant portion of their populations have been infected.

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