More than 20 Chinese provinces are currently experiencing high temperatures. China Weather Network reported that this round of high-temperature will last for at least ten days.
The Chinese regime’s ‘zero COVID’ policy is meant to minimize transmission and eliminate the virus. Its policy requires citizens to undergo countless rounds of COVID tests despite any kind of weather or any locations.
News of COVID prevention and control staff or Dabai working under such hot weather has been reported in several places recently.
Due to high temperature, and airtight protective suits, some even fainted while on duty.
Some Dabai, on the other hand, invented a new way to deal with the heat of the scorching sun.
As Chinese media News QQ reported, while collecting nucleic acid samples in Suixi county, Anhui province, under nearly 40 degrees Celsius (or 104 degrees Fahrenheit), some Dabai from the county hospital of traditional Chinese medicine also stuck popsicles outside their hazmat suits, especially on their heads. [Image]
Aside from the hot weather condition mentioned above, the COVID testing scope continued to expand.
Previously, Dabai was also seen appearing in different places to conduct nucleic acid tests despite locations- from grasslands to deserts. [Video]
And even in Antarctica. [Image]
While the rest of the world is learning to coexist with the virus, China insists on pursuing its ‘zero COVID’ policy to curb the spread of the disease. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, shows no signs of ending.
Almost two years into the pandemic, questions and doubts are now once again rising among residents regarding the sustainability of the government’s measures.
According to The Washington Post, a Soochow Securities estimate shows that if 48-hour testing were implemented across the 49 largest cities in the nation, the annual cost of routine COVID testing might reach $252 billion, or 1.5 percent of China’s 2021 nominal gross domestic product.
Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan has also ordered cities facing outbreaks to establish nucleic acid testing points within a 15-minute walk for residents.
Jin Dong-Yan, a professor at Hong Kong University’s School of Biomedical Sciences, called routine testing “very ineffective and costly.” He said that this would drive governments to abandon other crucial health care investments.
He said, “This will not work,” adding, “It will just wash down millions of dollars into the sea.”
Nucleic acid tests also produce medical waste, which poses risks to humans and the environment.
Nationwide data on the waste is still not disclosed.
According to VOA News, Shanghai officials revealed in May that during the most recent COVID lockdown, the city generated 68,500 tons of medical waste, with daily output up to six times higher than usual.