After the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, although the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) persisted in implementing the “zero-COVID” policy in epidemic prevention, the positive rate was low. Only three out of every 100,000 people tested positive. The related news caused a public outcry.
On November 10, China’s National Health Commission issued 20 measures to optimize pandemic prevention and control, including some new loosened regulations. Under the new rules, “seven days concentrated isolation plus three days of home health monitoring” for close contacts has been adjusted to “five days of concentrated isolation plus three days of home isolation.” Also abolished was the isolation provision for “secondary close contacts” (people contacting the close contacts); The risk partition that used to have three categories of “high, medium and low” has been adjusted to two categories of “high and low”; The regulation of “seven days concentrated isolation” for people coming out of high-risk areas has been changed to “seven days home isolation.”
Regarding immigration control, the domestic flight cancellation mechanism is abolished, and only nucleic acid testing is required within 48 hours before boarding. In addition, the regulation of “seven days of concentrated isolation plus three days of home health monitoring” for entry citizens has been adjusted to “five days of concentrated isolation plus three days of home isolation.” Also, it is not required to quarantine several times when going to other locations.
The document also emphasizes that it is strictly forbidden to arbitrarily close schools, suspend production workers, or block traffic without approval. Also, arbitrarily implementing “static” management, blocking, and long-term control without lifting the lockdown, suspending clinics, and other incremental actions.
This is China’s most notable easing of pandemic prevention measures since the COVID pandemic began in Wuhan.
Paper reported that, on the afternoon of November 12, a press conference of the Joint Prevention and Control Agency of the State Council explained the latest 20 measures to optimize pandemic prevention and control.
During the press conference, Chang Jile, deputy director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, explained that regarding the issue of secondary close contact cancellation in the new measures, mainly because the assessment shows that the positive rate of these people is very low, only about 3/100,000, that is, three out of every 100,000 people have infected.
Through the timely identification and control of close contacts, the positivity rate of secondary close contacts can be reduced. “According to this situation, if the secondary proximity object is not taken into account, a lot of resources can be saved.”
The official also emphasized that the latest 20 measures “are not easing prevention and control, much less lifting, but are to “minimize the impact of the epidemic on the society and economic development.”
Vision Times quoted some netizens complaining, “It can be said that … with a little movement, the whole building is controlled, and the positive detection rate of close contacts is only about 3/100,000.”
Some people think that the CCP needs money to pay salaries to employees working to eliminate COVID, lockdown, and control, but now it has no more money.
Since the beginning of this year, extreme epidemic prevention policies have been upgraded in many parts of China. Before the 20th National Congress of the CCP, several of China’s state-run newspapers published articles actively propagating the need to adhere to the “COVID move.” Under the guidance of the CCP’s pandemic prevention and control policy, chaos has continuously occurred in many places.
For example, in April this year, the city of Shanghai, with a population of 25 million, was once locked down such that it caused public discontent. During this time, many residents complained about shortages of food and medical supplies and criticized the practice of forcing infected people into isolation facilities.
In August this year, the Xinjiang epidemic broke out. The CCP locked down this area for up to 3 months. Recently, in Urumqi, there have been a series of scandals about selling “licenses out of Xinjiang.” A person claiming to be an official security guard was openly selling bus tickets during the anti-pandemic lockdown. He asked for $420 (3,000 yuan) and four times sleeping together with one woman, but that likely applies to all women.
The most ironic is the case in Shanxi, a truck driver was asked to quarantine for seven days because he got off the truck to go to the bathroom. This incident caused controversy on Weibo and attracted more than 100 million views.
According to the British newspaper Reuters, people and companies across China have been affected by extreme pandemic prevention, which has impacted financial markets. As a result, the latest Reuters poll forecasts China’s growth in 2022 to be 3.2%, reduced by more than half compared to last year.