China able to coordinate dynamic COVID control and economic growth

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A resident takes a COVID-19 nucleic acid test at a testing point in Fengtai district in Beijing on May 16, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

China has adjusted epidemic control measures in Beijing and Shanghai after the latest wave of COVID-19 resurgence was brought under control. However, this cannot be seen simply as a lifting of restrictions, as the country is still pursuing a proactive approach to ensure both epidemic control and social and economic development.

For China, anti-epidemic efforts and economic growth are not a choice. While prioritizing life and health in accordance with a people-centered development philosophy, the country has always stressed the importance of coordinating the fight against the epidemic with economic and social development.

To this end, China has continued to refine its anti-virus approach, making it ever more scientifically sound, accurate and efficient, so as to minimize the epidemic’s impact on economic and social development.

Among other measures, the country has introduced a differentiated approach, which involves dynamic adjustment of the epidemic response in light of the situation on the ground.

Administrative areas are categorized into high, medium and low risk regions to allow for the greatest mobility while containing the virus. Work and life may soon resume in low and medium risk areas. Detailed policies and standards are in place to ensure the operation of the mechanism.

When community transmission is cut off, cities will further adjust their anti-epidemic measures and gradually return to normal. Take Beijing for example. Food services at restaurants became available this week after a month-long suspension, campuses were gradually reopened, and libraries, museums, movie theaters and gymnasiums resumed operations in most districts.

But vigilance remains. To guard against any resurgence that could erase previous progress in the fight against the virus, cities are adopting a routine epidemic control mode, which requires, among other things, body temperature checks, health code scanning and a negative nucleic acid test report.

Thanks to the robust defense built with all the sophisticated strategies mentioned above, China has managed to prevent infections as much as possible, while its industries have remained largely unscathed from the waves of epidemics. This could greatly explain how the world’s second-largest economy was able to record an 8.1% increase in GDP in 2021 and grow another 4.8% in the first quarter of 2022.

Omicron, the latest variant of COVID-19, is far more contagious and evasive than its predecessors. It has weighed on the economy since it emerged in China late last year, but the country is dealing with the challenges in a frank and honest way.

A package of 33 measures was unveiled in May, covering fiscal, financial, investment, consumption and many other policies aimed at stabilizing the economy. Efforts will be made to increase port efficiency and ensure the summer grain harvest. China also reaffirmed its commitment to opening up and pledged more measures to stabilize foreign trade and investment.

Positive signs have already arrived. The Purchasing Managers’ Index – a key indicator of manufacturing activity – stood at 49.6 in May, down from 47.4 in April. And a mid-year shopping bargain roars along the way. Online retailers, including JD.com, have reported strong sales volume since the start of this month, a sign of a consumer comeback.

In China’s just-concluded annual college entrance exam, a record 11.93 million people pass the exam safely and smoothly, an increase of 1.15 million compared to 2021. This proves once again that China is capable of curbing the virus while providing social and social protection. economic development.

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