The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China has delivered a letter to Beijing’s cabinet addressing the impact of Covid-control policies on European companies. The letter urged the Communist Regime to revise the measures, including accepting home quarantine for some Covid-patients.
After seeing a copy of the letter, Reuters reported on Monday, April 11, that the letter was sent to China’s State Council Vice Premier Hu Chunhua 胡春华 on April 8. The chamber confirmed the copy was legit.
The letter, signed by the chamber’s President Jorg Wuttke, wrote, “Current measures taken to try and contain the recent COVID-19 outbreak in China is causing significant disruptions, extending from logistics and production all the way along the supply chain within China.”
It further attached a flash survey conducted a week earlier by the German Chamber of Commerce in China on how the Covid-19 policies in China have recently affected the German companies. The poll showed that 51% of German companies’ logistics and warehousing and 46% of their supply chains were “completely disrupted or severely impacted.”
In the letter, the chamber referred to Beijing’s “Covid-control” measures as an “old toolbox of mass testing and isolation,” saying it could not confront the present challenges.
It further suggested Beijing should make changes to epidemic control measures. These include letting infected-Covid-19 patients with no symptoms or mild symptoms stay at home as self-quarantine and permitting Chinese residents to access mRNA vaccines.
The letter has not been released publicly. As for Beijing’s side, the State Council has not responded to a faxed request for comment yet.
Despite the zero-COVID-19 policy, Shanghai reported 914 new COVID confirmed local cases and 25,173 asymptomatic infections on Sunday, April 10.
According to the National Health Commission, China’s leading financial hub’s COVID outbreak has also spread to Guangzhou 广州, another major city in China, with 27 new cases recorded on the same day.
The Associated Press reported that Beijing’s authorities have stuck to the “zero-COVID” policy since the city’s first epidemic flare-up regardless of the growing public frustration and economic concerns. Shanghai has strictly imposed anti-epidemic measures like lockdowns, mass testing and compulsory isolation mandates.
Citizens have long complained about shortages of medical staff, volunteers, and beds in the isolation wards. The lockdown has made residents struggle to get basic groceries and medical care as supermarkets remain shut and deliveries are restricted. Hospitals’ capability to handle non-COVID-19 cases has also failed.