If Vladimir Putin did not order the invasion of Ukraine, the current headline is the intense war between China and COVID-19. In Shanghai (pop. About 26 million), state officials announced on March 27 that the eastern part of the city would be closed until April 1 for the major COVID-19 test. When that happens, the western part will remain until April 5th. Health officials conduct tests in closed areas, and a patient resident may be required to be inside.
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Ten million in Jilin province and the industrial city of Shenzhen (pop. 17.5 million) are down. But the closure of Shanghai, the commercial and financial heart of the world’s second largest economy, is the most important move taken as part of the “zero COVID” policy. a system designed to keep COVID-19 patient numbers close to zero. be able to. The program was effective in controlling the spread of the disease. Chinese officials have reported at least 5,000 deaths on the disease chart because the number of deaths in the U.S. is nearly 1 million. While China’s statistics are questionable (and it is), it is true that life expectancy is very close to the levels reported in Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore, that is, so far. time, the COVID-ultra control was also used. policies.
But zero-COVID requires a lot of economic growth. China’s economic growth has been slowing for years as rising wages have reduced the incentive for foreign companies to use China as a source of employment and despite state investment. business and economic development to increase both. Disease and war in Ukraine have raised the costs that everyone, including China, has to pay to import firewood, food, and other goods. Closing half of Shanghai, even for a few days, would add to the burden.
This fact is required by the reduction of some zero-COVID rules. Instead of being admitted to affected hospitals, patients with low symptoms can report to local traditional hospitals. The length of some quarantines has been reduced. But despite the economic downturn, the big lock in Shanghai shows the Chinese government is not ready to change course.
All of this problem comes at a political time. This fall, a Communist Party council is expected to pass a resolution to give Xi Jinping a third term as leader for China. Since the outbreak of the epidemic, Xi has tried to avoid blame for the cause of COVID-19 and for the first censorship that allowed the disease to travel the world. He made his case for the height of China’s economy by pointing to political unrest, economic collapse, and high death toll in the United States and Europe.
But Omicron’s uniqueness has made life very difficult in China. It has been very difficult in the country because very few Chinese people have COVID-19 infection and are listed with the best drugs available in the US and Europe.
Xi can hope that new drugs will come soon and the development of a home -made mRNA gene. But the problem is growing that COVID -19 will do better for China than improve it – and Xi will need to take care of the economic and political downturn. continuing his long -standing combination of political power along the way.
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