Reports say China is aiming for less disruptive COVID policies

Reports say China is aiming for less disruptive COVID policies

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are trying to quell protests over the death of a 3-year-old boy at a quarantined housing complex that has added to public anger over virus checks that have confined millions to their homes. .

The boy died at a Lanzhou hospital from carbon monoxide poisoning attributed to a gas leak. His father accused the health workers who were enforcing the closure of the compound of refusing to help and trying to stop him while he took his son to the hospital.

The father’s social media account sparked angry comments about the human cost of the ruling Communist Party’s “Zero COVID” strategy that has confined families to cramped apartments for weeks to combat outbreaks.

The quarantine system “is to protect life and health, not to confront those who need to be rescued with obstacles!” said a post on the popular Sina Weibo social networking service.

The ruling party is sticking to “Zero COVID” at a time when other governments are loosening anti-virus controls. That has kept the number of infections from China relatively low, but disrupts business and travel.

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