Dynamic clearing is both scientific and effective

2022-05-18 China Daily Editor:Li Yan

An elderly woman receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot at a community in Beijing's Haidian district on March 14, 2021. (Photo/Xinhua)

In recent days, the COVID-19 epidemic in China has shown a downward trend on the whole. The number of new novel coronavirus infections in Shanghai has declined steadily, and more than 4,400 enterprises of over 9,000 in the city have resumed production. The epidemic prevention and control work in Jilin province is in the mop-up stage. And the epidemic situations in Henan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and other provincial-level regions is gradually stabilizing as well.

This is in sharp contrast with the situation in countries that have chosen to co-exist with the virus, and proves the effectiveness and the scientific nature of China's dynamic clearing policy.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, China has accumulated experience in dealing with it. The country has developed a set of effective measures in emergency response, medical treatment, screening and tracing, public participation and prevention and control mechanisms, which have contained the dangerous momentum of its spread.

Before more scientific and effective prevention and control measures appear, China will continue to adhere to its tried-and-tested virus control measures to protect the safety and health of residents as best as it can.

China's prevention and control policies have been constantly adjusted in light of the changes in the actual situation. And after battling with the virus over the past two years, the efficiency of the country's response to it has improved significantly.

The dynamic clearing policy is not an isolated and rigid practice but a complex system of operation with the protection of people's lives and the maintaining of economic stability as the priorities. To make it work, the government, medical care system and society have to work together.

The effective virus control policy has created a stable and safe development environment for the economy. In the first quarter of this year, China's gross domestic product increased by 4.8 percent year-on-year, 0.8 percentage points higher than that of the fourth quarter of last year. And it is believed that the economic growth rate will rebound quickly after this wave of the virus is brought under control.

The size of the population in China aged 65 and above is comparable to that of the European Union, the United States and Japan put together, while the medical care conditions in China remain underdeveloped as a whole compared with those in developed economies. So China cannot afford to ignore the virus as some developed countries do, and it must continue to adhere to the dynamic clearing policy and treat the fight against the virus each day as if it is their first encounter.

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