October 24 2022

The People’s Daily published a commentary titled “Dynamic Zero Elimination is Sustainable and Must Persist”

Source: Xinhuanet

It is the clearest signal from state media about China's policy direction amid recent outbreaks in many parts of the country.

The article points out that only when the epidemic is prevented can the economy be stable, people's lives be safe, and economic and social development be stable and healthy. The adherence to "dynamic zero elimination" has better balanced the relationship between epidemic prevention and control and economic and social development, enabling us to achieve the maximum prevention and control effect at the minimum cost and minimize the impact of the epidemic on economic and social development. When all is said and done, our containment measures are the most economical and effective.

It should be noted that "dynamic zeroing" does not mean to pursue zero infection, but to find and extinguish each case, so as to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in the place where the epidemic occurs and prevent the spread of the virus to other areas. This means that, on the one hand, we should not relax the prevention and control of the epidemic and "let it go". On the other hand, we should also be vigilant against excessive epidemic prevention and control, and resolutely prevent the phenomenon of simplification, one-size-fits-all, and layer upon layer. To achieve dynamic zero elimination, we must continuously improve the level of scientific and precise prevention and control.

The article emphasizes at the end that we must unswervingly adhere to the overall strategy of "preventing imports from abroad and preventing rebound at home" and the general policy of "dynamic zero elimination", constantly optimize prevention and control policies and measures in light of the circumstances, and efficiently coordinate epidemic prevention and control with economic and social development.