The CCP’s meeting of the Standing Committee of the Politburo on November 10 proposed 20 measures to improve epidemic prevention and control.

Adjustments to domestic measures include some easings like close contact individuals are adjusted from “7+3” or “seven days of centralized isolation; plus three days of home health monitoring” to “5+3.” Code management is assigned during the period, and these people are not allowed to go out. Also, the risk area is adjusted from “high, medium, and low” to “high and low” categories. Minimizing control personnel and so on.

However, on the same day, presiding over a meeting of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) Standing Committee of the Politburo, Xi Jinping made it clear that he would “unswervingly implement the general policy of “dynamic zeroing.”

The authorities called these the “20 optimization measures,” but the people of Shanghai believe this is a useless move.

The epidemic control situation in localities has reportedly stayed the same in the past few days.

Experts comment that such conflicting policies will make it difficult for local authorities. If they relax control and cases increase, all the blame will fall on them. It’s an invisible means of helping the provincial administration to keep a tight grip on the current state of control.

Feng, a citizen of Shanghai, told New Tang Ren media, “I think this is called being forced to be helpless. Why are they doing this now? We have never been able to figure it out. I just felt that his [Xi Jinping] strict prevention and control measures were completely suicidal. Everyone knows that the economy must become a mess if you don’t allow people to go out and seal it at every turn.”

In the notice on the 20 measures, the first item is “to improve the political position and do a good job in epidemic prevention, and control scientifically and accurately.”

Zhang Hai, a family member of coronavirus victims, said, “He first emphasized that the focus is on political positions. I always believe that the science of the epidemic should be put first. Therefore, the new policy is to change the soup without changing the seasonings. On the surface, it seemed to give people a little hope, but it didn’t relax anything.”

Feng said that the CCP is redirecting people’s anger toward the local authorities.

He said, “Everything that happens is the fault of others and the enemy. This is the old routine. This is the trick of the Communist Party. If I don’t do my job well, it must be the class enemy making trouble. So maybe the pandemic (situation) is not good now; why can’t it be cleared to zero? Are there hostile forces driving trouble or spies? We know this is nonsense.”

Zhang Hai added that his country had introduced many laws and regulations, which are very well written. But many things are utterly inapplicable to real life. So bringing the policy to places where the pandemic is active will only turn those places into quarantine places.

Professor Fan Shiping of the Institute of Political Science of National Taiwan Normal University said that with countries worldwide beginning to open up fully, the CCP’s introduction of these policies highlights the contradictory psychology of the authorities. But, at the same time, these slight loosenings cannot solve the fundamental problem.

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