A highly transmissible Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 is challenging China’s high-cost plan of segregating cities, prompting cautions that Chinese officials who were assured they could keep the deadly coronavirus out of the People’s Republic need a less troublesome approach.
As the more infectious variant pushes leaders in Australia, America, and elsewhere to reinstate COVID-19-related restrictions, Xi Jinping’s administration is battling the most severe outbreak since 2020’s peak in Wuhan, Hubei, China. The Chinese ruling Communist Party is reviving strategies that lock-down China, access to a city of 1.5M population has been cut off, and mass COVID-19 testing ordered in several areas.
#COVID19 back in #China city Wuhan, original #coronavirus epicenter. Wuhan re-testing entire 11mn population. 33 cities detect #deltavariant cases. Flights, rail, transport restricted. High risk areas in semi-lockdown. Residents, tourists, in Zhangjiajie ordered not to leave.
— Eunice Yoon (@onlyyoontv) August 4, 2021
Furthermore, the tough strategy of isolating every case and trying to prevent new cases from abroad aided to contain the 2020’s outbreak and has made China largely virus-free. However, its impact on daily life for hundreds of thousands of people is provoking cautions that Beijing needs to learn to control the novel coronavirus without frequently shutting down the society and economy.
A Shanghai doctor Zhang Wenhong, who became eminent during the Wuhan outbreak, stated on social media that the new outbreak suggests Beijing’s tactics might alter since the lethal virus is not vanishing.
Mr. Zhang Wenhong, who has 3M followers on Weibo, wrote that the globe needs to learn to co-exist with this fatal virus.
Beijing Sealed Off For Mass COVID-19 Testing
Beijing’s control will be experienced when several hundreds of athletes, journalists, and others arrive for the “2022 Winter Olympics” in Beijing on dates Feb. 4 – Feb.20.
In 2020, China closed much of the world’s 2nd largest economy and interrupted almost all access to cities with 60M people population, strategy imitated on a smaller scale by administrations from the Americas to Asia. That plan caused the People’s Republic’s extremely painful economic shrinkage in almost fifty years, but Beijing was able to permit businesses and domestic flights to resume in March 2020.
The new cases, many in individuals who have already been inoculated, have shaken worldwide financial markets, which worry China’s response might upset manufacturing and even supply chains. The major stock indexes in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai sank on Tuesday but increased again on Thursday. A health economist at the ‘Yale School of Public Health,’ Xi Chen, said that China needs access to all available jabs, including permitting the dose manufactured by BioNTech SE.
The administration of Zhangjiajie, a city in Hunan province of China, declared on Tuesday that no one was permitted to leave the city, resembling controls on Wuhan, Hubei, where the first virus infections were detected in 2020.
The more contagious variant of coronavirus, Delta, has now spread to over half of China’s 31 provinces, closing transport routes. China reported on Wednesday ninety-six new infections. Residential zones, including those home to over ten thousand people in Beijing, have been strictly shut down for mass COVID-19 testing.