Chinese President: Strict crown policy cannot be relaxed Abroad

Chinese President Xi Jinping is sticking to his strict crown policy, while discontent in Shanghai is growing day by day. A large portion of the 26 million residents are in the third week of severe isolation, and do not know when the measure will end.

Residents of Shanghai on social networks express dissatisfaction, among other things, with the shortage of food and medicine and quarantine centers. Some people also criticize the corona policy, others say the local government has failed. An article titled “The Patience of the People in Shanghai Has Reached Its Limit” was removed from the WeChat platform after the post went viral.

During a visit to Hainan province, Xi implied that China must adhere to a strict policy, despite growing dissatisfaction and negative economic consequences. He said “crippled thoughts” and “war fatigue” needed to be overcome while preventing imported cases of infection and local coronavirus outbreaks.

A government official walks the dog in Shanghai.
A government official walks the dog in Shanghai. © ANP / EPA

According to the Chinese president, there can be no relaxation and ‘perseverance’ leads to victories. Beijing has long had much success with the ‘zero-covid policy’. After the first months of the pandemic, corona numbers have remained low for a long time, but the omicron variant is now causing more and more Chinese to be infected. Millions of people are also in isolation outside of Shanghai.

Most reports of infection come from Shanghai. More than 27,700 new cases were reported there on Thursday, a new daily record. A local official expects the number to increase further in the near future due to delayed test results and mutual infection of family members.

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