Chinese capital is experiencing its worst epidemic outbreak since the beginning of the pandemic; schools, restaurants and shops closed for fear of being quarantined
China is experiencing the worst moment of the Covid-19 pandemic
THE China considering easing its strict covid-zero policy amid rising daily coronavirus cases. On Wednesday, the 23rd, the country registered 31,444 new cases, of which 27,517 were asymptomatic, according to the National Health Office in the country of 1.4 billion inhabitants. However, even with these indices, the Communist Party, which defends the narrative that the country had overcome the disease, is now based on the explanation that omicron and its subvariants are less lethal than the original strain that triggered the pandemic – China it is the only major economy in the world that is still seeking to completely eradicate the virus from its territory with blockades of entire cities, isolation of positive contacts and mass testing. This Chinese decision comes at a critical time in the country, in addition to case records, field hospitals have been erected again. However, the continuation of the country’s total isolation is expected to further harm the local economy, which is expected to post GDP growth below the target of 5.5%, the lowest ever recorded in a decade. Currently, the Chinese capital is experiencing its worst epidemic outbreak since the beginning of the pandemic, at the end of 2019. Dozens of residential properties were confined and most companies transitioned to telecommuting. Beijing announced nearly 1,500 new cases on Wednesday, the vast majority asymptomatic, in a population of 22 million. It is the highest number in the city, although very low compared to international standards. Schools, restaurants and shops have closed for fear of being quarantined, while inhabitants’ exhaustion and mental fatigue continues to mount due to these often vague and changing restrictions, the duration of which is never announced in advance.