China relaxes COVID-19 restrictions

The Chinese city of Shanghai announced that the requirement to show a negative COVID-19 test result when boarding public transport will be lifted.

In the statement made by the city administration, it was stated that the application would also apply to open-air areas such as parks.


While the increase in cases in China continued, Shanghai, the country’s largest city, joined the caravan of cities that loosened some measures.

Guangcou, Chongqing, Xinjiang and the capital Beijing had previously announced that they would lift testing on public transport and some public places.

In the city with a population of approximately 25 million, 36 cases with symptoms and 450 cases without symptoms were recorded in the last 24 hours.

In the epidemic triggered by Omicron cases in Shanghai in the spring, a 76-day shutdown was implemented.



Signs of exit from “zero cases”

After the fire that broke out in the apartment allegedly quarantined in Urumqi on November 24 in China, protests were held in many cities against the COVID-19 measures.

After the protests, the Chinese administration gave some signs that epidemic prevention and control measures, called “zero cases”, would be relaxed.

Deputy Prime Minister responsible for combating the epidemic, Sun Chunlan, emphasized that gradual changes should be made in restrictive measures in his meeting with the experts of the National Health Commission.

While Sun stated for the first time that the Omicron variant is “more contagious but less deadly” at the meeting, it was noteworthy that the official news agency Xinhua’s news about the meeting did not include the word “zero case”.

After the meeting, the partial quarantine in “high-risk” areas was lifted in the cities of Guangcou and Chongqing in the south of the country, while those in close contact with the cases were allowed to isolate themselves at home.

35 thousand 755 cases in the last 24 hours

According to the data of the National Health Commission, 4 thousand 148 cases showing signs of disease and 31 thousand 607 cases without symptoms were detected in mainland China in the last 24 hours, while 2 people died due to the virus.

Despite the small number of cases relative to the population and the majority of them showing no signs of illness, China continues to implement strict epidemic control measures called “zero cases”.

The strategy, aimed at suppressing COBID-19 cases where they occur and cutting the chain of transmission, requires strict and large-scale measures such as quarantine, travel restrictions, mass testing, restricting or maintaining closed-circuit activities of businesses in the manufacturing, trade and services sector. In addition to interfering with the ordinary flow of life, the measures also lead to discussions in terms of their economic costs.

While most countries have adopted strategies to live in a certain harmony with the virus and avoid control measures that will disrupt the flow of life and economic activities, China continues the restrictive measures it has applied since the beginning of the epidemic.


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