Looking back on three years of Covid in China

BEIJING: Entering the first weeks of 2023, Chinese society seems to be rapidly restoring its vigor and vitality. Crowds are everywhere, whether in shopping malls, restaurants or theme parks. As the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, approaches, the annual travel rush is expected to be made up of roughly 2.1 billion passenger trips, reaching 70 percent of the 2019 levels.
But at the same time, hospitals across the country are still operating at full capacity and funeral parlors, especially those in the northern regions that are in the midst of the cold winter, have had to reduce the time and scale of each funeral due to the obvious increase in the number of deaths. These are a reminder that the pandemic is not over.
All of this is occurring in the country with the third largest land area in the world and a population of more than 1.4 billion. The sorrows and joys of each township and each family vary greatly. To understand the real situation, one needs to listen to the stories of those individuals and also remove oneself from the discourse system of ideological confrontation and review China’s efforts in the past three years to combat COVID-19 from a more macro perspective. On January 23, 2020, or the Chinese New Year’s Eve, Wuhan, capital of the central province of Hubei and with a population of more than 12 million, became the first city in the world to adopt measures to cut off the transmission of the then unidentified virus.
–The Daily Mail-Beijing review news exchange item