Beijing Expands COVID Testing; Stringent New COVID Policy Coming?
Shanghai fatality rate raises questions
Beijing expands mass testing to more areas and Shanghai’s case fatally rate raises questions amid China deals with the worst outbreak in two years.
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In a significant policy shift and following recent public unrest, China now appears to be moving away from its strict "COVID Zero" restrictions to salvage a floundering economy hard hit by repeated lockdowns, as part of which it is looking to accelerate the approval of new vaccines and increase vaccination rates in the elderly.
Three years since the first cluster of SARS-CoV-2 infections were reported in Wuhan, China has finally put the first nail in the coffin of its strict "COVID Zero" policies. But as Beijing begins to relax its most restrictive rules, citizens remain concerned about ballooning infections, while a low vaccination rate among seniors and vaccine fatigue appear to be dimming hopes of a quick revitalization of the hard-hit economy and bruised consumer confidence.
One well-connected individual registered as many as 35 nucleic testing firms within just a few months, all of which are strategically located in the Chinese cities that have seen some of the worst COVID-19 flareups. Meanwhile, regulators have halted the IPOs of 13 companies.