The 20th National Congress of the CCP will be held on October 16. The pandemic restrictions in many parts of China are being upgraded accordingly. Recently, the government in Yongji city, Shanxi province, admitted in a notice that, even without the COVID-19 pandemic, they are still implementing a “city lockdown,” causing public discontent.
The Yongji city government issued an emergency notice on October 7, stating that during the October 1 holiday (China’s National Day), the city’s pandemic measures ensured that “no pandemic occurred.” However, in order to further guarantee that the virus will not reappear or spread the pandemic prevention and control command decided that, from 8 a.m. on October 7 to midnight on October 9, the whole city will implement static management (no one is to step outside and everyone must return immediately after nucleic acid testing).
According to hndnews, the authorities have ordered the entire city to implement traffic control and block all roads through the outer districts; from 8 a.m. on October 7, three rounds of nucleic acid testing in the area will be carried out for three consecutive days; all residents must stay inside. Except for supermarkets, medical facilities and some other places, all businesses have to be temporarily closed.
NetEase said that the Yongji city government announced the city’s first batch results of nucleic acid testing on October 7. A total of 294,602 people were tested, and all were negative.
At the same time, according to Sohu, Hejin city, another county-level city in Shanxi province, also issued an emergency notice about the implementation of temporary static management on October 7. The notice content is basically the same as for Yongji.
In the notice, the authorities acknowledged that there were no COVID-19 cases but would still implement static management, causing public discontent; this incident had been in Weibo’s hot search list.
Sound of Hope said that some netizens felt the government was addicted to lockdowns. And complained that they had developed to the point that they were doing everything in their power to keep the lockdowns and static management going.
According to The Epoch Times, recently, there have been various methods of pandemic prevention in different parts of China. Some areas have no pandemic, but local authorities still implement restrictions.
Tang Hao, a commentator on current affairs, told The Epoch Times that the Chinese regime has now incorporated the “zero-COVID” policy into the evaluation of officials. The status of Chinese officials has changed since the pandemic. The focus of officials is no longer on how to prevent and control the pandemic in a scientific and rational way, but on whether the lockdown is strict or not. The tighter, the more timely the lockdown, they show how loyal they are to the regime. In other words, when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, at least they could report their ‘achievements.’