Some localities in China have been easing COVID-19 prevention measures, such as reducing the number of days of isolation or not requiring the presentation of a negative COVID-19 test certificate when visiting public places.

However, the latest signal from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) shows that the ruling power in China does not want to change the zero-COVID policy based on lockdowns.

On November 23, Xinhua News Agency, the mouthpiece of the CCP, published the article “Steady and unchanging” to convey the message that localities must develop 20 optimal measures for pandemic prevention thoroughly.

In the middle of this month, 20 optimal measures for pandemic prevention were announced after more than ten days of China’s State Council meetings. 

Observers say these actions offer improvements in the zero-COVID policy, but the main measures, such as nucleic acid testing and lockdown, have not changed.

According to NTDTV, Beijing consistently reports deaths of the elderly. Most are people over 80 years old.

Current affairs commentator Tang Jingyuan said that the constant reporting of deaths from the pandemic, all elderly, hides a political motivation. The purpose is to find legitimacy for continuing to maintain the zero-COVID policy.

Tang Jingyuan said that the continuous reporting of deaths helps the authorities send a message about the disease risk.

Tang added that this trick causes people to feel that COVID-19 is too dangerous to let go of pandemic prevention measures. So, in the future, disease control in China following the zero-COVID policy could be even tighter.

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