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Beijing needs to stay with this strategy. Countries such as Australia and New Zealand saw their infection and covid related death rates rise after they abandoned their zero covid strategy.

The increase came immediately after the introduction of Omicron, which is the same thing that happened all over the world (including China) if you say that an increase of cases can only come from abandoning the policy (even when they did that and had half a year of stable number of cases) that means that according to you China also abandoned the policy and that is why it has the current disaster.

Japan also had an increase, so did India, Denmark, etc. etc. None of those countries had the event that you say causes the increase (abandoning the zero covid policy) simply because nobody had the policy in the first place.

Following a rational change where the priority is given to vaccination and treatment of the cases is what helped Australia and New Zealand to control the Omicron introduction without what happened already two times in China.

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The city of 21 million has already ordered three rounds of mass testing this week for the virus, with the third due to take place on Friday, and closed down some communities where cases were found.

Beijing needs to stay with this strategy. Countries such as Australia and New Zealand saw their infection and covid related death rates rise after they abandoned their zero covid strategy.

Now, Taiwan is seeing the same adverse effects in those numbers as it eases its restrictions.

*Taiwan, which had been living mostly free of COVID-19, is now facing its worst outbreak since the beginning of the pandemic with over 11,000 new cases reported Thursday.*

*Cases have been on the upswing since late March. In April, the island’s central authorities announced that they would no longer maintain a “zero-COVID” policy like the Chinese government’s in which they would centrally quarantine positive cases.*

https://apnews.com/article/covid-business-health-asia-taiwan-f46f2cff5593fcbbc0ce9923b0e62fe8

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Funny how when China locks down, U.S. inflation goes up. Same for war in Ukraine and fires at dozens of U.S. food processing plants.

Guess we’re just unlucky that one “crisis” after another keeps happening.

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Completely wrong, according to Australia and New Zealand government statistics.

Present those statistics then.

Once again you are confusing what happened in every country of the world (including China) where omicron caused an increase of cases and mistakenly attribute it to something that happened half a year before, which of course makes no sense.

When did China abandoned the zero covid policy? because if not how do you explain an explosion of cases?

the answer is obviously omicron.

I would consider a disaster the case where a policy resulted in more people dying versus where fewer people died

Yes, which is exactly what happened in Hong Kong, and even on Shanghai, because counting deaths as the Chinese goverment does to hide the numbers Australia had much less deaths in the last few days, this means the disaster is all on the Chinese side, as proved previously.

And no, China do not have the fewest number of COVID infections nor deaths, you proved that with a link the last time where China was not even in the top 10.

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@painkiller

All your data on China means jack. China, from the start has been completely opaque when it comes to data, and it's also uncooperative when it comes to research and solutions. When you look at specifics, you'd even say China is using covid as a tool to further the CCP's goals. I can not dismiss this.

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Europe almost completely open. China almost completely closed. Lost as to which is the best way forward

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This was just like Australia a in 2021... But hey, it's China which is doing it now so it's "wrong"!

The whole point is that the original strains were much more easily controlled, so the approach had a positive rate between cost and benefit. Once delta became the prevalent strain the cost increased and the benefits decreased, and omicron only made this even worse, that is why Australia and New Zealand abandoned the policy and avoided the disasters that have happened in China with a much more scientifically coherent approach that still controls the spreading without the exaggerated costs (and impossibility) of reducing them to zero.

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Sounds like experts in China believe zero covid policy is the best option in 2022, as is so obvious if one were to read the article.

No expert is quoted saying this, only that authorities are doing it, authorities are not experts.

Simple statistics: Beijing announced 50 new cases on Thursday,

Tokyo announced 6,052 yesterday.

So you think Tokyo is the best example in the world outside of China? sorry to tell you this but it is not even in the top countries, it is completely possible to control infections without a zero covid policy, and without disasters like Shanghai or Hong Kong.

If you think this is the worst that can happen in Beijing you are for a big surprise.

Argue with the hand.

Once you run out of arguments and begin using nonsense it may be time to accept you already know your point is mistaken.

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Nice work Beijing. It shows that the zero covid policy is the best option to keep infections as low as possible.

No expert in the world says the zero covid policy is the best option in 2022, not only because it fails to prevent outbreaks but because of the damage to the economy and public health it produces, thus having a much higher cost that more rational approaches while giving worse results than in other countries. Shangai and Hong Kong have already demonstrated this, Beijing is just the latest example to develop.

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This was just like Australia a in 2021... But hey, it's China which is doing it now so it's "wrong"!

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Makes sense to do, it is an easy first-step countermeasure. Heck, I would have been thrilled with online classes when I was a student.

The real takeaway is the following though.

The National Health Commission on Thursday reported 11,285 new cases across mainland China, most of them asymptomatic and the vast majority in Shanghai, where an additional 47 deaths were reported.

For one of the most populous countries in the world, those are extremely admirable numbers. I know that China really wants cases to be 0, and it's a great goal, but their efforts are impressive nonetheless.

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What a nightmare for the Chinese!

How awful. Zero covid is impossible to keep up in the long term - do they have an exit strategy?

I guess distributing a vaccine that works better than Sinovac would be a good start.

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Beijing announced 50 new cases on Thursday,

Tokyo announced 6,052 yesterday.

Nice work Beijing. It shows that the zero covid policy is the best option to keep infections as low as possible.

China continues to statistically have the lowest rate of infections and related deaths in the world.

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Good on China. Nice to see a nation that cares about its citizens health and well-being.

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President Xi Jinping down have ruled out joining the United States and other governments that are dropping restrictions and trying to live with the virus.

And not too long ago many anti-democracy/pro-authoritarian posters were calling the moves to deal with the pandemic by the US/New Zealand/Australia/Canada and other democracies: 'draconian', fascist' and 'tyrannical'. But they've gone mighty quiet about what China is doing. The CCP are poster boys for tyrannical, as are their partners in Moscow. Credit to the CCP, at least they haven't yet threatened to use nukes.

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