At China’s University of Communications, 488 students, along with 19 teachers and five assistants, were transferred by bus since Friday night.
Anyone believed to be in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus has been a pillar of China’s strict “zero-Covid” policy. Quarantine centers include field hospitals as well as converted stadiums and exhibition centers that have been criticized for overcrowding, poor sanitation and poor food.
As of last week, nearly 65 million Chinese residents were in lockdown despite only 1,248 new cases of domestic transmission being reported on Sunday. Most of them were asymptomatic.
The lockdown has sparked online protests and clashes with health workers and police, and has taken a toll on the economy, affecting the global supply chain for electronics and other products. A week-long lockdown in China’s largest city Shanghai in the summer prompted an exodus of migrant workers and foreign businessmen.
With the release of economic data this week, analysts will be more aware of how China’s handling of the pandemic is affecting economic activity in the world’s second-largest economy. The lockdown has been done with almost daily testing, travel restrictions and suspension of classes at all levels.
China has pursued a relentless enforcement of the policy, even as almost every other country has sought to return to normal life with the help of vaccines and medicines to fight the virus.
“Zero COVID” is closely associated with President and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping, leading to allegations that the government has politicized the public health crisis. His administration has rejected statements from the World Health Organization that the policy is untenable, and has refused to approve foreign vaccines that are widely believed to be more effective than those produced by Chinese companies.
Xi, who has not traveled abroad since the start of the pandemic in early 2020, has seized control of all levers of power and struck a confrontational tone in foreign policy, sidelining or imprisoning rivals. He has expired the presidency and is expected to serve a third five-year term as communist leader at next month’s party congress.
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