Beijing relaxes nucleic acid testing regulations despite serious epidemic situation

Mainland China officially reported more than 39,000 new cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) today, and is poised to break the 40,000 mark. At such a serious time of the epidemic, Chaoyang District, the capital of Beijing, was the hardest hit. area, it was announced that there is no need to go out People can be exempted from nucleic acid testing. Before this, anti-blockade protests started in different parts of mainland China.

Epidemic prevention workers in protective suits stand guard at a residential compound as outbreaks of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continue in Beijing, China November 28, 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Beijing relaxes nucleic acid testing regulations despite serious epidemic situation (file photo/Reuters)

The Health and Medical Commission of Mainland China reported in the morning, between 00:00 and 24:00 on the 29th, that 31 provinces (autonomous regions, municipalities) and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps reported 4,288 new confirmed cases, 52 imported cases from abroad, and 1,518 cases in Guangdong among the 4,236 local cases There were 1,282 cases in Beijing, 185 in Shanxi, 170 in Sichuan, and 164 in Chongqing. 33,540 new asymptomatic infections, 164 imported cases, 33,376 local cases, 7,669 in Chongqing, 7,236 in Guangdong, 3,240 in Beijing, 1,876 in Shanxi, 1,241 in Sichuan, 996 in Xinjiang, and 996 in Wait Xinjiang.

According to the statistics, there were 39,904 new cases on the 29th, which is higher than the 38,645 new cases on the 28th, but 37,612 new local cases were added on the 29th, slightly lower than the 38,421 cases on the 28th, but broke through 40,000. a high risk of Ozeki has not yet been raised, as the Beijing government said, the hardest-hit area, and the rate of increase in cases has not slowed.

As of 24:00 on the 29th, according to reports from 31 provinces (autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the Central Government) and Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, there were 35,616 confirmed cases (including 100 serious cases) , a total of 5,233 deaths, and a total of 319,536 confirmed cases For example, 376,862 asymptomatic infections are still under medical observation (1,708 imported cases from abroad).

At present, the “white paper movement” of anti-blockade protests have broken out in different parts of mainland China. At the same time, the epidemic continues to have a fever. For example, in Beijing, the area that was hit hardest, the People’s Daily official website highlighted the fact that 23 square cabin hospitals had been opened in the local area, with a total of 23,892 beds. Zhang has 19,032 people in the hospital, and the bed utilization rate is 79.7%.

Despite this, the official website of People’s Daily, the official website of Mainland China, reported on the evening of the 29th that Meng Rui, the deputy head of Chaoyang District, announced that those who do not have any social activities, such as the elderly who live at home for a long time , students taking online classes every day, and infants and young children, should go out if they don’t need to go out, are exempt from daily nucleic acid testing. He also said that targeted exemption from inspections can reduce the impact of epidemic prevention and control on people’s lives, and implement precise prevention and control to reduce the risk of transmission and save resources effectively.

Guangzhou, Chongqing, and Zhengzhou, which were also the hardest hit areas in this wave of epidemics, also previously announced similar adjustments: regions and individuals with no risk of epidemics or no need to go out participate in nucleic acid. testing for all workers to reduce the risk of cluster infection. Li Pan, deputy director of the Chongqing Municipal Health and Health Commission, announced even earlier that all the neighborhoods and districts in Chongqing that have not had any positive cases in the past five days, or communities and communities that have positive cases but not have any positive cases in over the last five days, there is no need to carry out nucleic acid tests for all staff.

However, these adjustments by the authorities did not calm the growing public anger. On the evening of the 29th, the Haizhu District of Guangzhou City, which had been closed several times due to the epidemic, had a video of police-civilian clashes breaking. out on Twitter last night. The footage shows that at around 11 o’clock last night, a large number of riot police armed with sticks and shields and wearing white protective clothing took the lead in a square formation, stepped on the epidemic prevention fence and was demolished and marched towards a mess. The people who were taken away were taken away by the police.

(Responsible editor-in-chief: Zhuang Yuyu)

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