On November 10, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officially announced the so-called “20 measures to optimize the prevention and control” of the epidemic, declaring that the epidemic control measures would be eased.

Accordingly, the people who have close contact with COVID patients when visiting other places, instead of having to isolate for seven days, will only have to isolate for five days.

In addition, people are allowed to board a plane if they have two negative tests for COVID within 48 hours.

However, on the same day, the CCP’s general secretary Xi Jinping chaired the meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee and said that the epidemic prevention policy needs to be implemented cautiously.

From Xi’s statement, it is understood that the CCP will not rush to relax the “zero-COVID” policy and that new epidemic prevention measures must also be error-free.

NTD cited current affairs commentator Wang He. He said that what happened shows that the CCP does not want to adjust the policies they have applied.

Wang said the CCP dug a hole for the authorities in different localities throughout China and forced them to jump in. There was no other choice.

The hole that Wang mentioned means that the CCP relaxed epidemic prevention measures. However, the new measures must be implemented “cautiously.”

Thus, if the localities’ decreased measures required by the CCP cause the epidemic to escalate, the localities will violate the CCP’s requirement of “doing cautiously.” It means that the CCP is always correct, and the localities are put in a difficult situation.

Wang believes that the CCP’s policies will intensify conflicts between the people and the authorities at all levels.

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