As a new round of the Omicron variant hits China, casting a shadow over major cities including Shanghai, Shenzhen, Changchun and Qingdao, so-called pundits in the Western media are again pouring cold water on the government’s dynamic “Zero Covid” policy, claiming the policy will force cities to be shut down one after another, seriously harming the world’s second largest economy.
But the highly transmissible Omicron mutant, actually, requires authorities and the general public to scramble and react even more quickly with effective measures to control any signs or symptoms of infection, in order to cut short the wild spread of the virus among densely populated Chinese cities. The country just cannot afford to let its guard down, as nearly 20 percent of the population in the country’s cities are aged 60 or above.

To prevent the pandemic from pummeling the economy, new thinking that protecting people’s lives and promoting…

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