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Xi’an was ridiculed, Zhengzhou was ridiculed, and tens of millions of employees were tested for only a few cases

Residents in Zhengzhou, Henan, China line up to receive nucleic acid testing for the new coronavirus.  (January 5, 2022)
Residents in Zhengzhou, Henan, China line up to receive nucleic acid testing for the new coronavirus. (January 5, 2022)

Before the Chinese Lunar New Year and the Beijing Winter Olympics, China’s new crown virus epidemic prevention policy has become more urgent. Two weeks after the closure of Xi’an, a large city with tens of millions of people in the west, several cities including Zhengzhou, the capital of central Henan province, have also adopted varying degrees of restrictions due to sporadic new crown virus infections. Zhengzhou has once again resorted to Chinese anti-epidemic regulations. 12.6 million residents carried out nucleic acid testing for all employees.

According to Agence France-Presse, the Zhengzhou municipal government issued an announcement on Wednesday calling for a thorough screening of infected cases hidden in the public and ordering all citizens already under partial lockdown to be tested. There have been 11 cases of infection in Zhengzhou recently.

Reuters reported that in Yuzhou City, Henan Province, where there were only 3 cases of asymptomatic infections, the authorities announced that the city would be closed from January 2 and 1.1 million residents were prohibited from going out. In addition, each household can only send one person every two days to a designated store to purchase daily necessities. In high-risk areas, residents do not get out of the house, and all necessities need to be delivered.

Henan reported that 4 local infections and 18 asymptomatic infections were found on the 4th. Xuchang City and Zhengzhou, under the jurisdiction of Yuzhou, had 8 and 9 asymptomatic infections respectively. Since the emergence of 4 local asymptomatic infections in Luoyang on December 31, 2021, a total of 53 local cases have occurred in Henan, including 11 confirmed cases and 42 asymptomatic infections, distributed in 6 prefecture-level cities.

Agence France-Presse stated that since the outbreak of the epidemic in January 2020, China has insisted on adopting a strict “zero-clearing” policy, implementing strict border controls, targeted lockdowns and other measures.

With the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics on February 4 approaching, sporadic group infections broke out across the country, putting this policy under significant pressure. Although the number of reported infections in China is very low compared with other countries, the peak of infections in recent weeks has not been seen since March 2020.

Local officials in China will be dismissed or punished if they are deemed unfavorable in preventing and fighting the epidemic. Recently, two district-level CCP officials in Xi’an were dismissed from their posts, and dozens of officials were punished for unfavorable handling of the outbreak, including the suspension of health officials in Xi’an.

Xi’an has been closed for 14 days due to the new crown virus epidemic. After Liu Guozhong, secretary of the Shaanxi Provincial Party Committee of the Communist Party of China, recently set the goal that the Xi’an epidemic must be “zeroed out” on January 4, the authorities collectively moved a large number of residents from communities where infected persons were found to distant isolation centers.

On the afternoon of the 5th, Xi’an held a press conference on epidemic prevention and control. It said that a new round of nucleic acid screening was carried out across the city from 9 a.m. on January 4, and a total of 35 cases were found, of which 2 cases were in the closed zone. , 3 cases are in the control area (all are home isolation personnel), and another 20 cases are in the centralized isolation point. At the same time, the authorities also announced that “the society has basically been cleared, and the spread of the epidemic has been effectively curbed”, and communities that meet the conditions for removal will be gradually unblocked in an orderly manner after evaluation.

According to Taiwan’s Central News Agency, some netizens questioned that if those who have doubts are circled for centralized management, the incidence of disease that is not circled will naturally be greatly reduced, and the society will eventually be “zeroed out.” There were also people who wrote the banner of “Covering the Ears to Zero. The Fourth of January” with a brush, which was widely reposted on the Internet.

Officials in Xi’an said that “social clearance” means that all newly confirmed cases discovered afterwards are among close contacts or sub-close contacts who have been quarantined, and there is no spread of the epidemic in the community.

According to reports, as of the 4th, more than 42,000 people were quarantined in Xi’an City. As of midnight on January 4, a total of 1,793 local confirmed cases have been reported in this wave of Xi’an. Among them, 122 cases were added on the 1st, 90 cases were added on the 2nd, 95 cases were added on the 3rd, and 35 cases were added on the 4th.

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