China’s National Health Commission (NHC), on December 8, issued ten new guidelines for disease prevention. These guidelines show that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has allowed relieving of pandemic prevention measures.
Chinese authorities have now allowed people positive for COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home while removing testing requirements and lifting travel restrictions between provinces.
However, according to the Straits Times, this CCP’s decision has raised concerns that restrictions have been eased without adequate notice or preparation.
The Chinese also doubt the actual infection numbers since the CCP loosened pandemic prevention measures.
These are reflected in long queues outside clinics on December 9 at hospitals in Beijing’s Chaoyang district. While the shelves at pharmacies have run out of fever-reducing medicines, Covid-19 test kits and face masks are also in short supply.
On the morning of December 9, at the Children’s Hospital, nearly 70 people, including parents holding their children, waited for more than an hour to be called into the clinic.
The about 100 people lining up at Chaoyang Hospital endured worse circumstances. They had to line up in sub-zero temperatures outside the clinic.
At least four pharmacies visited by The Straits Times reporter ran out of medicine for cold and fever, as well as COVID-19 testing kits. A pharmacy in Beijing’s Dongcheng district closed at 2 pm.
A staff working at a pharmacy said, “We are out of all fever, cough, [and] cold medication, and we had just restocked in the morning.”