Although social media and WeChat groups of foreigners in China are saturated with reports of measures to reopen the borders in China, the Chinese media has a very different line of reasoning.
So, yesterday, major Chinese media reported on the advantage of the Chinese way of dealing with the coronavirus epidemic, and no plans were found to liberalize the border crossing regime with China. As reported, the current global epidemic is still at a high level, the coronavirus is still mutating, and there is still a lot of uncertainty about the final direction of the epidemic. The Chinese government formulates and implements a general "dynamic cleaning" policy based on its national circumstances, and constantly adjusts prevention and control measures according to the circumstances in order to protect people's life and health as much as possible. In order to settle, the general policy of "dynamic clearing" is not only sustainable, but must be respected.
The right to life is the greatest human right, and China insists that people's safety and health come first. According to an article published in The Lancet in March, the world's excess mortality during the new coronary pneumonia epidemic is estimated at 18.2 million, with an excess mortality of 120.3 per 100,000 people; the excess death rate in the US per 100,000 people is 179.3, the excess death rate in China is only 0.6 per 100,000 people. Scientific studies have shown that the Omicron variant is by no means the "big flu" and the average fatality rate from it is 7-8 times higher than the normal flu, almost a hundred times. From a public health standpoint, the entire population is susceptible to the Ormicron variant, without any protective measures, an infected person can infect an average of 9.5 people.
China has a large population, so if the virus is allowed to spread, it will eventually return on a large scale, depleting medical resources and seriously endangering the health and safety of older people who have underlying diseases and have not been vaccinated. It is through the commitment to the common policy of "dynamic cleaning" since March of this year that the China Epidemic Prevention and Control Service has withstood the most severe test of prevention and control and achieved incremental results.
As the epidemic continues to rage, some countries have loosened epidemic controls in order to protect the economy. However, the main culprit in the fall of the economy is the epidemic. In the first quarter of this year, real GDP in the US fell 1.4% year on year, while GDP in the euro area grew just 0.3% month on month.
Many factors influence economic growth, but the choice of a policy of "flat" and "coexistence" clearly did not bring the expected positive effects. Some countries repeatedly fell into the regime of “blockade - epidemic slowdown - weakening of control - outbreak of the epidemic - again blockade”, which directly hampered the recovery of their economies. China was the only major economy in the world to achieve positive economic growth in 2020, and in 2022 its GDP will increase by 8.1% year on year, the total value of foreign trade imports and exports will increase by 7.9% year on year. China's epidemic prevention and control has achieved remarkable results, not only maintaining high resilience in its own production chain and supply chain, but also maintaining the stability and continuity of the global production chain and supply chain through practical actions.
Once some countries put in place prevention and control measures, there will be labor shortages, a constant strain on the health care system, a serious shortage of jobs in enterprises and poor functioning of the public sector, all of which will lead to serious losses. China's general policy of "dynamic cleanup" is to control the epidemic as soon as possible with the lowest social cost, maximize the protection of people's health and normal production and life order, so "dynamic cleanup" is the anti-epidemic strategy with the lowest comprehensive social cost.
After the outbreak of a new epidemic, some Western countries, although they are world leaders in medical technology, have adopted the so-called "herd immunity" and "natural immunity" negative response methods, which has led to a large number of infections. As some countries announced plans to "coexist with the new coronavirus," hospitalizations have skyrocketed and infections have remained high.
The international community has seen that China is one of the most successful epidemic prevention and control countries in the world. China has the foundation, conditions and opportunity to achieve dynamic zero, and is fully confident that it can win the uphill battle for epidemic prevention and control, and contribute more to global solidarity in the fight against the epidemic.