Video showing how the Chinese regime separates children with coronavirus from their parents in Shanghai

Children with COVID-19 are separated from their parents in China

Ómicron has brought China’s “zero COVID” strategy under control with an unprecedented number of infections in two yearsbut the authorities are unwilling to change course or give up rigorous script they have been applying for two years.

Another chapter of that script was written in the last few days, when the Chinese regime forced children who contracted the virus to separate from their parents.

The leak of a video in which a minor is seen on the street, as he heads towards an ambulance surrounded by toilets and totally wrapped in protective clothing, aroused indignation.

The barrage of criticism forced local authorities to rectify that decision. and that’s why, from Wednesday, allow parents to accompany minors in the process of healing from the disease.

A minor walking towards an ambulance surrounded by paramedics and completely wrapped in protective clothing
A minor walking towards an ambulance surrounded by paramedics and completely wrapped in protective clothing

This is what to do, to manage in a humane way”Said several users of Weibo, the Chinese Twitter.

While the rest of the world has resigned itself to living with the virus, Chinese authorities insist on their strategy despite the fact that the latest wave has so far resulted in two deaths and a sharp increase in cases, mostly asymptomaticwith over 20,000 daily infections of this type in the last few days.

China fears that opening its hand will lead to a sharp rise in the death toll as has happened in other neighboring countries -more than 300 deaths a day in South Korea this month-, or having to face a hypothetical health collapse.

I’d worry too lack of herd immunity – with 161,692 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic, according to official statistics – or the lack of messenger RNA vaccines: This week, the pharmaceutical company CanSino received authorization to launch clinical trials on an unprecedented technology in the Asian country.

The images of minors separated from their parents for having been infected by Covid-19 have generated indignation
The images of minors separated from their parents for having been infected by Covid-19 have generated indignation

88% of the Chinese population, about 1.24 billion people, has already received the full course of vaccination against COVID-19, and it is worrying that only about 80% of those over 60 have been vaccinated with at least two doses. , but very few have three.

According to the National Health Commission, 65% of the serious cases of this wave are among the over 60, which has led the authorities to “promote” – in the words of official Lei Zhenglong – vaccination in this group.

Congress in sight

Nonetheless, the measures affect the population and the tension reaches the social networksin which video of fights between residents and toilets, lack of food during quarantines or the cruel treatment and slaughter of pets of isolated peopleand where the effectiveness of lockdowns is beginning to be questioned given the high transmissibility of Ómicron.

Some experts had decided to make the measures more flexible, but the authorities decided to add the adjective “dynamic” to their “zero COVID” under the premise of controlling transmission “quickly” and that outbreaks would have the lowest possible cost. .

You have to persevere to get the final victory“, The Chinese president recently condemned, Xi Jinpingwhich, according to the agency Xinhuaconduct personally”The Chinese response to the virus.

A man walks with a mask in Beijing (REUTERS / Tingshu Wang)
A man walks with a mask in Beijing (REUTERS / Tingshu Wang)

Xulio Riosthe director of the China Policy Observatory told the news agency EFE what “a tightening of the measures was foreseeable because the Communist Party (CCP) would not take any risks“.

They are aware that at any moment the situation can get out of control and this keeps them awake at night”, He stressed after mentioning the 20th Autumn Congress, in which Xi is expected to reaffirm his position as head of the CCP and the country for a third term.

According to some analysts, the focus will be on whether the next Politburo Standing Committee (the pinnacle of power, consisting of seven people) has only those closest to Xi or if there is a successor in sight among those chosen.

Although Li Qiang, secretary of the CCP in Shanghai, reconfirms his position at the Politburo at a time of maximum control over officials: since the pandemic began, the Chinese government has fired or reprimanded more than 1,000 for its “unfortunate management” anticovid, according to data from the newspaper South China Morning Post.

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