China Deepens Zero COVID Policy: Chengdu City Arranged Mass Testing for Five Consecutive Days

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The measure comes amid new restrictions imposed by the regime and seek to cut the chain of virus transmission at an early stage

China deepens zero COVID policy: Chengdu city ordered mass testing for five consecutive days

Chengdu, China ordered mass testing for COVID for 5 consecutive days (REUTERS)

The city of Chengdu, in China, ordered mass testing by COVID-19 for five consecutive days. The measure covers from this Wednesday, November 23 until Sunday 27, according to a statement issued by the Government.

The measure will aim to “detect infected people as soon as possible, cut the chain of transmission and stop the rapid increase of the epidemic ”, explained Huang Hui, deputy director of the city's Municipal Health Commission.

China never quite abandoned its restrictive Covid Zero policies, such as those has named the regime. The constant and surprising lockdowns, the use of Masks and repeated testing have become commonplace in Chinese life, no matter which city in the Asian giant it is.

However, in recent weeks, the country has once again shown a rise in the number of cases, which has led the authorities to toughen their sanitary measures.

China deepens zero COVID policy: Chengdu city ordered mass testing for five consecutive days

In recent weeks, China has again shown a rise in the number of cases, which has led the authorities to toughen their sanitary measures (REUTERS)

Walking through the streets of Baiyun is undoubtedly a journey in time to 2020, when even the largest cities were forced to cease their activities, close the premises and reduce the movement of cars and people to an almost minimum. This scenario is once again palpable in Canton, where close to 19 million inhabitants are fighting the largest of the recent coronavirus outbreaks, for which work in restaurants has been suspended, and access to nightclubs and theaters.

To this are added the blunt quarantines to which the inhabitants of the cities where the circulation of the virus is detected are subjected. “You can't go anywhere. Everything is closed. Customers can't come either. What can be done? There's nothing you can do about it,” said Jia Xi, a 32-year-old local health vendor.

Even the famous Disney amusement park in Shanghai< /b>it faced indefinite closure under strict orders from the regime. At that time, 10 new cases of the disease had been detected through local contagion.

True to its style, the regime has its entire population controlled so it is almost impossible to violate any of these measures. People are forced to scan codes with their cell phones that not only account for their route and the place where they are, but also indicate if the subject was in contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus or is suspected of it. Immediately, then, the isolation of the person is proceeded.

China deepens zero COVID policy: Chengdu city ordered zero massive testing for five consecutive days

The Chinese regime has its entire population controlled, so it is almost impossible to violate any of the containment and testing measures (REUTERS)

Much to the regret of Xi Jinping, this methodology is not sustainable over time. China is going through a delicate economic moment and experts fear the impact -not only local but also global- that the new quarantines may have.

The global marketsthey fell this Monday in a climate of nervousness before the controls in China and the declarations last week of an official of the US Federal Reserve, on which interest rates could rise even more than expected to contain the growing inflation.

Investors “fear a fall in demand as a result of a less mobile Chinese economy among fears of further COVID-related lockdowns ”, said Fawad Razaqzada of StoneX.

That is why the Communist Party promised last November 11 to reduce the impact of its strategy anti covid and make the measures more flexible. Experts are not very optimistic about the announcement as they expect it to arrive no earlier than March or April of next year. They argue that a complete breakdown of policies requires a massive vaccination booster effort and a change in messaging in a country where the disease is still widely feared.

( With information from Reuters)

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