China’s latest changes in how it responds to COVID19 are yet another sign that the government will not be slowing down its sudden and dramatic U.K.
It’s been only three weeks since the announcement that the pandemic response would be “optimised” was made, and it already feels as though the vast majority infrastructure and rules that governed China’s zero COVID policy are gone.
It is no longer necessary to go to public places with health codes or get tested regularly.
This has led to the spread of the virus throughout this country. The virus has already reached its peak in Beijing, where it is believed that more than half of those infected have died in the past few weeks.
This is why restrictions on international arrivals are no longer necessary. Also, categorizing the response as a category A was not an option. It is a strong sign that the government is serious about reopening.
These are the reasons: China’s economic zero COVID was a huge economic hammer, and China’s growth has slowed dramatically. Small businesses have been brought to their knees by hundreds of thousands. It is clear that the announcements about business travel visas being eased are telling.
There were also the protests of the past that took place in China at the end November. While they weren’t the main cause, they were likely to be the last straw for a regime that values stability over all else.
Now, the problem for the government is managing the massive wave of deaths and infections.
China will end the COVID quarantine on international arrivals
It is difficult to determine the severity of the situation in a population that has low immunity levels and approximately 60% of those over 80 not being fully vaccinated.
There is evidence to suggest that some hospitals and crematoriums are being overcrowded.
Many believe China could have prepared better for this moment and managed the reopening process more slowly. Perhaps the fact that it didn’t shows how much pressure it was feeling.