Despite the rise in cases, several major cities in China are gradually lifting COVID restrictions such as lockdowns and COVID mass testing. The change came after mass protests against its “zero-COVID” policy broke out in various parts of the country.
On November 30, the southern city of Guangzhou said it would ease lockdown measures across much of the municipality. They also declared an end to mass PCR testing.
On December 2, Beijing removed several COVID testing booths.
Yet, there were long queues of people at the only nucleic acid point left in Beijing.
In Guangzhou, many citizens complained that their workplace still requires them to show 48-hour COVID negative results. The queue outside the hospital to take the COVID test was two kilometers long.
Some citizens in Guangzhou said that some places also ordered citizens to have 24-hour COVID tests despite the easing COVID restrictions order. As a result, they had to walk three kilometers to the hospital for the test, which cost $1.85 (13 yuan).
The public criticized, “Wherever you go, you have to take nucleic acid 24 hours a day, and the lifting lockdown is a lie.”