China striving to control new Covid outbreaks, says health commission

Published Wed, Nov 2, 2022 · 10:00 PM

CHINA is striving to control the sudden outbreak of Covid-19 infections in the shortest possible time, the health commission said on Wednesday (Nov 2) in its first comments since the 20th Communist Party Congress as cases rise across major cities.

China should unwaveringly stick to its dynamic zero-Covid policy, the National Health Commission said.

China, which has repeatedly said it would not waver from its policy on Covid even as mass lockdowns and curbs hurt the economy, recorded almost 3,000 cases on Tuesday.

Major economic hubs like Zhengzhou and Guangzhou are experiencing outbreaks and several other cities have enforced strict curbs and mass testing affecting millions.

“China should unwaveringly stick to the general guideline of preventing inbound Covid cases and domestic resurgence, as well as its dynamic zero-Covid policy, and strive to stem sudden Covid outbreaks in the shortest time with the lowest costs,” the health authority said.

The persistent curbs have hurt industries across China from carmakers to cell phone manufacturers and have rippled across the globe with many companies blaming the lockdowns and supply disruptions caused by them for lagging sales and profits. REUTERS

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