BEIJING: A rumor circulated Monday that a Chinese gangster was behind the attack. Shijiazhuang, city 160 miles away from Beijing to become a test case for China’s reopening, dismantling key parts of the Covid Zero regime.
But rather than jubilation that the policy’s incessant testing and Disruptive lockdowns are possible be Many people in the region were fearful of the speculation. city Of 11 million. While parents kept their children at home, shoppers bought traditional items. Chinese medicine and There were very few people using the subway. and far between.
This reaction highlights one of the main roadblocks to China joins the rest to share in the living standards CovidThe virus can paralyze fear and panic. For three years, the government has told its citizens that Covid-19 was so dangerous that the world’s most-populous country needed to be Closed to It must be stopped.
Adjustment is more than a shift in the rhetoric.
“Without the testing, I wouldn’t be able to find out who is positive,” Linda, a middle-aged woman who works for a state-owned financial institution and asked Linda questions to Keep her last name secret so she could freely speak. “I would be scared,” She said. “There will be no sense of security.”
Covid Tsunami
It’s not only concern for her own safety. Linda stated that she would feel guilty if she contracted the disease. Covid and It was unwittingly passed on to All those she surrounds her. This risk is real. A study from Shanghai’s Fudan University released earlier this year found China risked a “tsunami” This is Covid If the policy was stopped, leading to As many as 1.6 Million deaths.
Local government officials responded to the panic generated by social media, and denied the rumors. and According to the city wasn’t “lying flat,” It is a term used to degrade someone who does nothing. Shijiazhuang was making his Covid Controls that are more targeted and scientific to coincide with the central government’s approach, said Zhang ChaochaoThe city’s Communist Party chief.
Beijing had released a list with 20 measures days earlier. to It can be refined Covid many believed it was a relaxation of its rules. Others speculated that the country wouldn’t let down its guard all at once, instead picking precise places to Any significant changes to the road
Linda wasn’t alone in her fear. There were many. Chinese Residents are resistant to The idea of relaxing the country’s strict zero-tolerance policy that has kept it virtually virus-free since the outbreak in Wuhan. On Wednesday, the government reported just 20,000 new local infections in the country with 1.4 billion inhabitants.
Residents of Shijiazhuang began to live in this environment. to panic As the city Closed test centers, reopened school and People were allowed to You can enter public places without having to take a negative test. to Reach 300 miles per day
While public transportation wasn’t interrupted, few people used it. They instead bought traditional Chinese Medicine thought to Keep away Covid Or soothe its symptoms.
Storing traditional medicine
“My relatives were all purchasing tons of Lianhua Qingwen capsules because they were just confused about what will happen and are afraid of getting infected,” Henry, a Shijiazhuang resident aged 26, said “Yes.” One of his relatives asked. to For fear of contracting a disease, keep your child at home. Covid He said that.
The trepidation seen in China isn’t unusual for a country that still hasn’t had one of the massive nationwide outbreaks that hit everywhere else in the world. While the gauntlet of Covid Although it is frightening to be exposed for the first time, it is a good indicator that most people are able to survive. and This leaves behind widespread immunity.
Some people have an already broader view of risks.
“In my view, Covid isn’t as serious as it was in Wuhan, where the fatality rate was quite high and scary,” Wei Wei is a Shijiazhuang saleswoman. “Most people are asymptomatic, and they turn negative after staying at home for three to five days.”
She was still cautious about certain things, especially when it came to children.
“For schools now, parents can choose to send their kids to school or have them take online classes,” She said. “Some of my colleagues brought their kids to the office and had them take online classes from there. Kids have lower immunity levels, so parents don’t feel assured about letting their kids go to school.”
Topping Weibo
Rumours that Shijiazhuang had taken down test sites all over the country, led to fears city, might be The first to Existence Covid Zero They went viral on social media. Three of the top 11 most popular topics on Weibo this week were related to its response. There was 1 item that addressed its concerns. Covid Control measures
Experts responded with dismay to The idea that such an important shift could occur with such little notice is absurd.
“If they are really giving up on Covid Zero, they need to make preparations in advance, including educating the population, or people will just freak out, said Huang Yanzhong, a senior fellow for global health at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations.
The policy should end eventually, but it should come at a measured pace while boosting vaccinations and stockpiling drugs and medical equipment, according to Linda, the manager from the state-run financial institution.
“You can only do it slowly,” She said. “You can not reopen like lifting the floodgate.”