While the Beijing administration has announced that countermeasures may be taken in response to countries that impose testing requirements on travelers from China, Chinese officials acknowledge the increase in cases but emphasize that this is no different from the rest of the world. In Shanghai, one of China’s largest cities and an important trade center, 70 percent of the population is thought to be infected.
China announced that it will open its borders as of January 8, giving up the ‘zero-covid’ policy that it has implemented since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, exactly 3 years later.
The people, who have lived in isolation from the rest of the world for a long time, welcomed the decision. After the announcement of the decision, searches for international flights increased 7 times in just half an hour.
TEST MANDATORY FOR CHINESE PASSENGERS
However, this decision of China worried some countries. The USA, Italy, Japan, India and Taiwan have imposed a Covid test requirement on passengers from China. In Italy, passengers from China are obliged to take tests at the airports.
REACTION FROM BEIJING ADMINISTRATION: WE CAN TAKE AGAINST MEASURES
The Beijing administration accused the Western media of exaggerating the cases and stated that “countermeasures” could be taken in response to countries that impose testing requirements on them.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning warned that Beijing will “respond in accordance with the principle of reciprocity” in the face of what he described as “attempts to manipulate epidemic prevention and control measures to achieve political goals”.
In some comments made on social media in China, it was claimed that “racism” was made against the Chinese, while no rules were applied to other countries.
THE NUMBER OF CASE HAS INCREASED WHEN RESTRICTIONS ARE LIMITED
Countries that require testing, especially the United States, cited China’s lack of transparency about infection data and the risk of new variants for their decisions. So how is the latest situation in China?
longstanding strictures in the country coronavirus There was a sharp increase in the number of cases after the lifting of the restrictions. While the Western media claims that hospitals and crematoriums are filling up fast, Chinese He argues that the increase in cases is not different from what is happening in other countries.
SHANGHAI IS ALARMING: 70% OF THE POPULATION MAY BE INFECTED
Chen Erzhen, deputy chief physician of Ruijin Hospital, one of Shanghai’s top hospitals, told state media that he thinks 70 percent of Shanghai’s population of 25 million is infected.
DOUBLE THE NUMBERS BEFORE RESTRICTIONS
Explaining that more than 100 ambulances come to hospitals every day, doctor Erzhen said that the Shanghai hospital admits an average of 1,600 people a day to the emergency room, and 80 percent of them are Covid patients. The doctor added that this figure is double the number before the restrictions were lifted.
AUTHORITIES ACCEPT THE INCREASE
National Health Commission official Jiao Yahui said in a statement to state broadcaster China Centra that it is difficult to combat the increase. “Compared to the rest of the world, the peaks of infection we are seeing across the country are not unusual” used his statements.