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Beijing Braces for Covid Surge After China Lifts Pandemic Curbs

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“This problem needs to be exposed, and the numbers needs to be returned to their true appearance, or they mustn’t be reported in any respect,” said Hu Xijin, the previous editor in chief of the Global Times, a Communist Party newspaper, on Weibo, a well-liked social media site. “This is just not conducive to maintaining the seriousness of official information neither is it conducive to shaping everyone’s objective understanding of the spread of the epidemic.”

In Beijing, where P.C.R. testing booths have disappeared from many sidewalks,not less than 2,600 cases were recorded on Thursday, in accordance with the federal government, but that tally is widely seen as a major undercount.

Some residents said that they already had the virus but weren’t seriously unwell.

Hannah Yang, 38, a manager at a movie distribution company in Beijing, said greater than half of her colleagues had tested positive this week. “The general public feel there’s no have to see a physician,” she said. “More individuals are stockpiling medicine.”

She said that she and her son, an elementary school student, also tested positive on Friday morning. “I feel nothing,” Ms. Yang said. “It appears that evidently the virus may be very gentle.” She said that her symptoms were quite a bit milder than the cold she had three months ago.

“I feel there have to be many positive cases in Beijing,” she said. “Nobody is seriously fortifying against the virus anymore.”

Despite the federal government’s reassurances, the abrupt dismantling of three years of bureaucratic machinery to halt the spread of Covid has prompted concern from health workers outside of mainland China. The experts had been calling as a substitute for China to conduct a six-month vaccination campaign before opening up.

A yr ago, China was vaccinating greater than 20 million people a day. But that effort fizzled out last June, with vaccinations falling to a few hundred thousand people a day. After pushing residents to have two shots and a booster last yr, China has not yet moved on to administering fourth doses. So many of the population has had no recent protection.

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