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China eases controls, gives no sign when 'zero COVID' ends

China is easing some of the world's most stringent anti-virus controls and authorities say new variants are weaker. But they have yet to say when they might end a 'zero-COVID' strategy that confines millions of people to their homes and set off protests and demands for President Xi Jinping to resign.

A worker in protective suit adjusts his face shield as women wearing face masks line up for their routine COVID-19 tests in Beijing, on Dec. 5, 2022. (Andy Wong / AP)

Pele's family: COVID caused infection, death not imminent

Two daughters and one grandson of Brazilian soccer great Pele said the three-time World Cup winner has been hospitalized since Tuesday to treat a respiratory infection aggravated by COVID-19. They added that the 82-year-old is under no imminent risk of death.

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