Covid-19: Beijing denounces the “accusations” of the United States about the confinement in Shanghai

Carry off, under the effect of a wave driven by the Omicron variant, reported on Sunday a record 24,943 new infections, mostly asymptomatic, representing more than 90% of the national total.

Faced with the worst wave of the virus in China since the start of the epidemic, China’s economic capital has been in total or partial confinement for two weeks. Under very strict sanitary measures, the 25 million Shanghainese are forced to stay at home. Faced with criticism from the United States, regarding this management of the crisis, Beijing responded this Sunday.

China accused Washington of making “unfounded accusations” about its policy to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, after the increase in cases in Shanghai led the US consulate in that city to authorize the “voluntary departure” of non-essential diplomats. .

“The risk of separation between parents and children”

The Chinese authorities continue to defend their “Covid zero” strategy, with lockdowns as soon as some cases appear. In Shanghai, they once implemented a highly controversial policy of separating coronavirus-positive children from their negative parents, which they relaxed in the face of criticism.

In a new US travel advisory, the State Department also recommended “no travel” to Shanghai on Friday, “due to Covid-19 restrictions, including the risk of separation between parents and children.”

In response, Beijing expressed “strong discontent and firm opposition to the baseless accusations by the US side regarding China’s epidemic control policy,” according to a statement posted on the Foreign Ministry’s website on Saturday.

“Solemn protests”

“This is the decision of the United States. However, it must be emphasized that China’s epidemic control policy is scientific and effective,” ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, adding that Beijing had lodged “solemn protests” with its US counterparts.

“We have full confidence that Shanghai and other places will overcome this cycle of the epidemic,” he added. China is following a policy of rapid containment, mass testing and travel restrictions to stop the spread of the virus.

Authorities have prepared tens of thousands of new beds in more than 100 makeshift hospitals under a policy of isolating anyone who tests positive for the virus, whether or not they show symptoms. Many locals began to bristle at the restrictions, expressing anger on social media over food shortages and the drastic measures taken to stop the outbreak, such as a health worker beating a corgi, a small dog, to death. .

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