A patient arrives at a Beijing clinic on December 9th. In China, the pandemic is still very present in a poorly or poorly vaccinated population, where lockdowns have slowed the development of collective immunity. KEVIN FRAYER/Getty Images via AFP
The pandemic, more present than ever, poses a risk to the economy.
The most significant event in China is likely to be the end of the anti-Covid-19 “suppression.” In the closing days of 2022, Beijing turned around, ending three years of tough policies marked by drastic restrictions and repeated testing.
But this is not the end of Covid. In the face of growing popular protest and sometimes even unrest, the authorities have opened all the floodgates – the last, quarantine on arrival in the country, will be abolished on January 8. As a result, the pandemic is more present than ever in a poorly or under-vaccinated population where repeated house arrests have slowed the development of collective immunity. The healthcare system is in dire straits, and while Beijing is no longer communicating on the issue, hundreds of millions of Chinese are sick. The Chinese press is forecasting a return to a “normal” situation in the spring. In the meantime, the epidemic could result in up to two million deaths.
In this context, the Chinese locomotive…
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