China: news “We will respond to displacement measures.” Last Minute GERMANY, Belgium, France headlines and events
Beijing has criticized travel restrictions that some countries have begun imposing on Chinese citizens due to a sudden rise in COVID-19 cases. The Chinese Foreign Ministry noted that they would respond to these measures on the basis of the principle of reciprocity.
China abruptly lifted its strict pandemic control measures on December 7, after which the accuracy of the information it shared with the world about rising cases and deaths was called into question.
Since then, some countries have announced testing requirements and travel restrictions for passengers from China. The Chinese Foreign Ministry called these measures “illogical” and “unreasonable.”
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said, “We are ready to expand our communication with the world,” but said they are against the use of epidemic prevention and control measures for political reasons, noting that they will respond to these measures in various situations based on reciprocity .
While some countries, including the US, France and Italy, have asked for tests on Chinese passengers, Belgium has said it will explore new options by examining the sewage from aircraft carrying Chinese passengers.
European Union health officials will also meet tomorrow to gauge the response.
China lifts quarantine for arrivals in the country from January 8. However, it will continue to conduct pre-takeoff tests.
The European Union has offered a free COVID-19 vaccine to China amid growing concerns about the epidemic. According to the EU official, Beijing has not yet responded to this proposal. Finally, Germany shipped 11,500 BionTech vaccines to China last month for German citizens.
Until now, China has insisted on producing Chinese vaccines, which are known to offer its citizens less protection than Western vaccines produced using RNA ambassador technology.
WHO requests information from Chinese scientists
The WHO frequently encourages Chinese health officials to share real-time information on the progress of the epidemic. At a meeting to be held today, the WHO expects Chinese scientists to provide details on the virus’s gene sequence. The WHO also asked China for information on hospitalizations, deaths and vaccinations.
The strict measures imposed under China’s COVID zero policy have sparked great protests, and the Xi Jinping administration has decided to lift the measures after this is the biggest challenge it has faced and the economy showing the slowest growth in 50 years.
China announced three new COVID-19 deaths yesterday, but reports from funeral homes and hospitals suggest the death toll could be much higher. International health experts believe that at least a million people could die from COVID-19 in China this year.
Another picture in the Chinese press
Today, the Communist Party’s official newspaper, the People’s Daily, also published statements by Chinese experts that most people have a mild form of the disease.
In a statement to the newspaper, Beijing Chaoyang Hospital Tong Zhaohui, deputy chief physician, said severe and critical patients accounted for 3 to 4 percent of all patients.
Sichuan University Hospital Chief Physician Kang Yan said 46 patients were admitted to intensive care in the past 3 weeks, corresponding to 1 percent of symptomatic infections.
However, witnesses told the Reuters news agency noted that the emergency room of Zhongshan Hospital in Shanghai was overcrowded, with patients crowding the corridors.
“Dangerous” weeks in terms of the epidemic in China
A study released on Tuesday showed factory production in China fell last month.
“An outbreak of infections in China in the coming months could hurt the economy this year and slow global growth,” said Kristalina Georgieva, director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Capital Economics experts also warned that China has entered the most dangerous weeks of the pandemic.
China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism said 52.71 million domestic trips over the New Year holiday brought in 26.52 billion yuan ($3.84 billion), up 4% from last year but only 35% from before. pandemics in 2019.
Chinese officials also have high hopes for the Chinese New Year coming later this month. However, some experts believe that the number of infections will increase during this time.
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