Soaring Epidemic and Stricter Lockdown Cause Public

A major city in southern China, on Monday (November 14) night due to dissatisfaction with the latest round of new crown epidemics and strict epidemic prevention and control measures. Soaring Epidemic and Stricter Lockdown Cause Public Resentment Guangzhou Citizens Rush to the Streets to Protest A rare public protest demonstration broke out in Guangzhou.

The Haizhu District of Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, China was sealed off due to the epidemic. (November 11, 2022)

Soaring Epidemic and Stricter Lockdown Cause

Short videos posted and circulated by netizens on Chinese social media showed hundreds of demonstrators taking to the streets, tearing down barricades and fences along the streets, chanting "no more tests." Some demonstrators also scuffled with epidemic prevention staff wearing white protective clothing. The police dispatched a number of police cars to the scene for vigilance, and some demonstrators threw objects at the police.

In the latest round of epidemic rebound in China, Guangzhou has become the leading hard-hit area. On Monday, Guangzhou reported more than 5,000 new local infections, setting a new record for new infections in a single day. The surge of the epidemic has aroused people's worries and worries about the possible tightening or expansion of lockdown measures in some areas.

Haizhu District, Guangzhou, The Epidemic 

According to multiple media reports, the demonstrations and protests mainly took place in parts of Haizhu District, Guangzhou, where the epidemic is most severe, and people in Tianhe District also took to the streets. Most of the protests and demonstrations took place in "cities within cities", that is, where migrant workers and migrant workers gather. The reason why these people are protesting is because the lockdown measures have seriously affected their livelihoods. They asked the government to reduce their rent and provide them with food assistance.

Reuters quoted a Guangzhou resident who gave his name as Chet as saying that the protests in Guangzhou on Monday night made him very nervous.

"The situation last night was tense. Everyone was careful to lock their doors," said the resident, who lives just one kilometer from the demonstration site. Chat rooms and WeChat groups, as well as social media, were filled with videos and photos of the demonstrations, he said.

"I really don't feel well when things happen so close to me. It looks like I couldn't sleep at all last night after those images," Chet said. The community where he lives has been sealed off for about 20 days.

Epidemic is Severe Haizhu District

Haizhu District, where the epidemic is severe, was already under lockdown. The authorities decided on November 10 to extend community control to the 13th. From the evening of the 13th to the early morning of the 14th, several administrative districts in Guangzhou, including Haizhu District, issued notices to continue the blockade and control measures again. Among them, some areas in Haizhu District, Panyu District, Liwan District, and Yuexiu District were extended for three days. sky.

Soaring Epidemic and Stricter Lockdown Cause Public
The Guangzhou authorities in Guangdong, China, require residents of Haizhu District to have a negative nucleic acid certificate before they can pass through the alleys. (November 11, 2022)

Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council

The protests and demonstrations in Guangzhou, which broke out due to dissatisfaction with the epidemic prevention and control measures, are particularly eye-catching because the joint prevention and control mechanism of the State Council has just announced the "Twenty Points" epidemic prevention regulations aimed at loosening strict prevention and control measures. We must unswervingly implement the general policy of "dynamic zeroing", and there has been a very obvious loosening of the actual epidemic control. The new regulations emphasize "optimization" and "precise" epidemic prevention in order to mitigate the impact and impact of epidemic prevention and control measures on people's lives and production activities.

According to the new 20 new regulations, the quarantine time for close contacts and inbound passengers has been reduced by two days to "5-day centralized quarantine + 3-day home quarantine", and the second close contact will no longer be judged, and high-risk areas will be separated. The control measures for spillover personnel have been adjusted to "7-day home isolation". In the new regulations, the division of risk areas in the past into three categories of "high, medium and low" has been changed to two categories of "high and low", and the delineation of high-risk areas has also been greatly reduced, and is divided into units and buildings.

Citizens in Shijiazhuang:

Some residents in some provinces and cities are also very dissatisfied with the fact that the 20 new regulations have terminated the nucleic acid testing of all employees in the region. Citizens in Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province, reacted so strongly that some parents, concerned that their children might contract the virus at school, used various excuses, such as toothaches or earaches, to ask their children to skip school. Finally, the Municipal Party Committee and the Municipal Government jointly issued an open letter to the citizens, emphasizing that "the general public must fully understand that optimizing and adjusting air defense measures is not to relax prevention and control, let alone let go and 'lie down'. Please strictly abide by the current epidemic prevention and control requirements, actively Cooperate with the implementation of risk screening, nucleic acid testing and other prevention and control measures."

The National Health and Medical Commission

According to statistics from the National Health and Medical Commission, from 00:00 to 24:00 on Monday, there were 17,772 new local cases of new crown infection in mainland China, exceeding the 16,072 cases of the previous day and a new high since April this year. Beijing reported 462 new local infections on Monday, setting a new record for new cases in a single day. The rebound of the epidemic in Chongqing and Zhengzhou is also serious.

Since the epidemic first broke out in Wuhan, the Chinese government has been adhering to the "dynamic clearing" epidemic prevention policy for nearly three years. As long as the epidemic rebounds, it will implement strict blockade at all costs, and carry out repeated measures at the same time. A nucleic acid test for all staff. This move not only affected people's livelihood and caused public grievances, but also severely damaged China's economy. Although the joint prevention and control mechanism of the State Council has issued 20 new regulations aimed at loosening the epidemic prevention measures, it is not easy for the economy to bottom out or come back to life.

According to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics of China on Tuesday, China's total retail sales of consumer goods in October fell by 0.5% year-on-year, while the figure in September increased by 2.5% year-on-year. Growth in factory activity also slowed to 5 percent in October from 6.3 percent in September. Those numbers were even lower than economists had expected.

"November looks set to be worse," Capital Economics analyst Huang Zichun said in a note.

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