Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to reduce the impact of Covid control measures on the economy and people’s lives, an early acknowledgment by leaders of the costs of China’s tough policies to curb outbreaks.
At a Thursday meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee, the Communist Party’s top decision-making body, Xi asked officials to minimize the impact on China’s economy and people’s lives of Covid containment measures, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
Xi said China should “strive to achieve the greatest prevention and control effect with the least cost, and minimize the impact of the Covid situation on economic and social development,” he said. reported Xinhua.
China is facing the biggest wave of Covid-19 infections since Wuhan became the original epicenter of the pandemic in early 2020. Several local governments have resorted to the same playbook used over the past two years to eradicate epidemics by ordering large-scale shutdowns and mass testing.
Xi’s remarks came a day after senior officials moved to reassure investors reeling from the prospect of widespread factory closures and trade disruptions.
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