Although China remains resolute on its zero-COVID policy, it does not mean it is not making any adjustments.
Beijing has by far departed from Shanghai’s old trail of pandemic control. The financial hub abruptly implemented a citywide lockdown with no regard for residents of its actual effective length. That also came after spending nearly the entire month of March trying to tame down the COVID-19 reemergence.
In contrast, Beijing immediately acted after early detections of new cases. The capital quickly launched constant mass testing rounds. It barred all restaurants from offering indoor services. And traffic in Chaoyang, Fangshan, and Shunyi districts is practically at a standstill.
In addition to periodic COVID testing, officials announced the 1,200-bed “Xiaotangshan Makeshift Hospital” inauguration on May 1, when the outbreak lasted approximately a week. The total number of cases was just 350.
Central News Agency (CNA) compared Beijing’s current measures to killing chickens with a bull’s knife. Recently, new daily cases have never surpassed 50, but curbing measures are only becoming tighter.
According to footage from last week, a compound was ordered to be isolated despite having no residents testing positive for COVID-19. The community was isolated because of an infected person from outside the area.
According to CNA, the capital is applying the four earlies, “early detection, early reporting, early isolation, and early treatment.” At least via this approach, Beijing has bought itself some time from an official citywide lockdown.
When it comes to being swift and resolute, it is similar to the lockdown in Shenzhen. It was the first first-tier city to impose the measure this year. And as CNA pointed out, officials were bold, fast, accurate, and ruthless with their handling.
The rest of the world didn’t pay much attention due to the speed the measures were carried out.
The tech hub of China also scrambled with food supplies during the lockdown, but little made it to the news. The difference with Shanghai was that Shenzhen did not prolong the closure and scrapped it after a week.