In cities and rural areas of China, even if Covid-19 does not occur locally, regular mass coronavirus testing is being looked at, and there are concerns about economic damage.
Ninety-nine million residents in central Henan need to undergo PCR testing every other day by June. In eastern Zhejiang, drivers can enter after being tested at the highway exit. Beijing, with its low outbreaks, is currently one of the cities that needs to be tested to get on the subway or enter public places.
“Zero CoronaApproaches to contain highly infectious variants of Omicron run the risk of increasing economic stress and further frustrating those protesting the strict blockade of the country. Still, authorities are sticking to it. This strategy has repeatedly appeared in official announcements and state media in recent weeks.
In early May, China’s deputy prime minister, Sun Chunlan, said residents of big cities should be able to undergo PCR testing within a 15-minute walk from their homes. By mid-May, nearly 10,000 booths had been set up throughout Shanghai. But not all local governments can afford to do what the wealthiest cities in China do.
Regular mass inspections in China’s large and developed city of about 500 million people will cost 1.7 trillion yuan, or more than $ 255 billion annually, which is about 1.5% of China’s gross domestic product in 2021. May take. Estimated by Soochow Securities economists in early May. The report was disseminated through Chinese social media and later censored.
Health officials said the tests wouldn’t have to be that extensive everywhere.
A National Health Commission official, Guo Yanhiro, said in a news briefing on Monday that the focus should be on state capitals and cities with a population of 10 million or more, which are at high risk of importing infectious diseases. She said the frequency of testing should depend on local conditions.
Still, five provinces and many cities, with the exception of big cities such as Shanghai and Beijing, say they are looking for regular PCR tests and other measures.
In the less wealthy Central State, strict containment and precautions have already been sacrificed. Local governments in Sichuan and Anhui have been calling for public donations in recent weeks to ease the burden of medical device supply.
On social media, there was no shortage of ridicule of new initiatives. On Weibo, a platform like Twitter in China, many users have suggested that coronavirus testing may drive economic growth.
In response, Hu Xijin, a former editor of the Communist Party tabloid Global Times, praised Henan Province’s test program on Monday. He also reiterated the official policy that living with the virus never worked in China and that regular PCR testing is China’s best option.
“Please be polite and splash dirty water to stop the nucleic acid test,” Hu said.