China COVID numbers rise, as cities cut back on testing

STORY: The changes come even as several major cities including Beijing logged record infections on Monday (November 14), sparking worry in some communities as nationwide cases continued to rise.

"It's not realistic or practical to suddenly enter a new state. There are still a lot of people who have doubts (about the virus)," a local resident surnamed Zhou told Reuters.

Despite the loosening of curbs, many experts described the measures as incremental, with some predicting that China is unlikely to begin reopening until after the March session of parliament, at the earliest.