With Beijing doubling its coronavirus restrictions, Westerners are easing sanctions as the number of cases officially drops in places like Shanghai, and the death toll has dropped.
China has also said it will impose strict restrictions on “unnecessary” foreign travel for its citizens to help control the worst coronavirus outbreak seen in the country in the past two years.
A policy that would have a significant impact on tourism in Thailand because Chinese tourists represented a significant portion of the country’s tourism revenue before the epidemic. About 10 million Chinese traveled to Thailand in 2019, up from a record 39 million tourists this year.
In the first half of 2021, China issued only 335,000 passports, mainly for study, business travel and employment abroad, accounting for 2 percent of the total for the same period in 2019, the NIA said.
WHO and UN honeymoon over
The director general of the World Health Organization, once revered by Beijing, says China’s “zero covid” policy is no longer sustainable. The government did not hesitate to censor his comments.
Immigration authorities said the restrictions were designed to prevent transit from crossing the border and would include more stringent approval procedures for passports and other travel documents and a crackdown on illegal border crossings.
Tedros Adhanam Ghebreissus’s statement on the zero covid policy seems to have crossed a line for Beijing. Its publication was quickly censored on WHO’s official WEChat account. The video inserted in the publication has been deleted, “Removed due to violation of regulations”, “ According to social networks.
On Weibo, another important social network in China, the speech of the Director General of WHO published by the United Nations has disappeared. Again, the Sino-American site China Digital Times News plays the role of hero by publishing a screenshot of the deleted publication.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian quickly responded to the WHO statement. “China is one of the best performing countries in epidemic prevention and control. This is a clear fact for the international community. “ He said.