Da Ji Yuan reported that on October 12, the People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), published the third article in a row supporting the Zero-COVID policy.
Two days earlier, People’s Daily also published two articles with content to reassure and encourage Chinese people to put their faith in CCP’s Covid prevention policy.
These articles are published amid increasing public opinion against CCP’s Zero-Covid policy and the consequences of the lockdowns on Chinese society becoming more severe.
These articles have caused a stir among Chinese netizens and left many comments criticizing People’s Daily articles and CCP’s Zero-COVID policy.
In response to the strong reaction, many Weibo accounts citing People’s Daily have turned off the comment function, and many comments have been deleted.
The zero-COVID policy based on lockdown has not shown any good effects so far, while the consequences are apparent, especially for the Chinese economy.
Despite draconian measures in pandemic prevention, infection chains continue to increase right before CCP’s national 20th Congress.
As of October 11, the capital Beijing has found 15 chains of Covid transmission, affecting 11 counties. The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Express Bus has been suspended since the 12th.
In the first days of October, the Chinese people take a break to celebrate the National Day of the People’s Republic of China, which is considered the golden week of tourism. However, many popular tourist sites in Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Tibet, and Yunnan, continue to lockdown.