China experiences ‘déjà vu’ effect in COVID-19 pandemic

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BEIJING: While China appears to have defeated the coronavirus long ago thanks to successful quarantine measures in Wuhan, where COVID-19 was first detected, highly contagious delta and omicron variants leading to outbreaks have made the restrictive measures permanent. .

Mass virus testing, curfews, travel restrictions and quarantine measures have become a normal part of life in China over the past six months due to outbreaks in densely populated metropolitan cities including Xian. , Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Shanghai which host critical enterprises. and branches of industry.

Thanks to its strategy to combat COVID-19, the “zero-COVID policy”, China was able to almost completely contain the pandemic until December 2021.

The highly contagious omicron variant has become a test case for China’s “zero cases” strategy against the disease.

The strategy, which aims to suppress COVID-19 infections where they occur and cut the chain of transmission, requires strict and large-scale measures such as quarantine, travel restrictions and mass testing.

These measures sometimes give rise to controversy as to their interference in the normal course of life and their cost to the country’s economy.

It remains unclear how China will adopt its combat strategy over time, while other countries have largely removed their protective measures against COVID-19 and entered normalization processes.

Closures hit production

Production at the factories has been suspended due to the closure of the city of Changchun where the factories of the FAW group (First Automotive Works Group) — the automobile company that produces global brands — are located.

A week-long shutdown at the Shenzhen Technology Center, home to Chinese tech giants Huawei, Tencent, BYD and Foxconn, also disrupted production.

China is witnessing a resurgence of COVID-19 across the country, with the economic hub of Shanghai being the most affected.

The city of 26 million has imposed a tough lockdown and staged several rounds of mass testing to stop the spread of the deadly infection.

Many cases have also been reported in the capital Beijing which has imposed tough measures to stop the spread of the infection.

China has reported 324 new cases, seven deaths and 817 recoveries in the past 24 hours.

In total, China has reported 220,721 confirmed cases, including 5,198 deaths, since the outbreak in December 2019.

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