Zero Covid strategy followed by the country for over three years which hurt its economic growth also led to public protests, was completely right and delivered highly effective outcomes. This comes even as China continues to record a significant rise in influenza cases.
Notably China has also seen some of the biggest waves of Covid pandemic. However, the stringent restrictions under the Zero Covid Policy had forced the residents of the country to take to streets in protests after a fire accident killed several stuck in a building owing to the policy. "For over three years, under the leadership of the Communist Party, the Chinese people have united in fighting Covid-19, and now we have achieved a major and decisive victory against the disease," Li said and avoided using the term zero Covid. "China is a country with a large population and unbalanced development.
It took less than two months for it to achieve a smooth transition in its response to the disease and to restore normal socioeconomic order. It is indeed a remarkable achievement," Li said.
He said China's Covid-19 strategy is completely right and its response is highly effective. Under the 'zero Covid' policy, China completely insulated itself from the world for over three years and finally lifted it early this year resuming normal international travel links.
Besides causing rare public protests, including calls for Chinese President Xi Jinping to quit, the policy was largely attributed to the slowdown of the world’s second-largest economy to three per cent, the slowest in decades. The sudden lifting of restrictions in December last also caused a massive upsurge of Omicron variant infections leading to a heavy death toll, especially among the unvaccinated