Passengers line up for security check at Wuhan Railway Station in Wuhan, Hubei Province, on 8 April 2020, when the lockdown of the city was lifted (XINHUA)
Starting from January 8, China has downgraded the management of COVID-19 from Class A to Class B because of the development of the pandemic (Omicron variant is becoming less virulent), the increase in vaccination levels, and extensive pandemic prevention experience. As a result, the measures of quarantine for travellers entering the nation and sealed COVID-19 case management have been abolished. Authorities have also dropped quarantine requirement for people infected with novel coronavirus and stopped identifying close contacts or designating high-risk and low-risk areas. This means China has entered a new phase of COVID response, which focuses on protecting people’s health and preventing severe cases.
Looking back to the past three years, China has made great efforts in fighting the pandemic that swept across the globe, and always put people’s health and life first during the process. China has raced against time to win the battle against COVID-19 and reduced its impact on economic and social development as much as possible. Standing together through thick and thin, the whole nation has strengthened its confidence in moving forward. Every ordinary individual in the country has shown solidarity and support, contributing to consolidating the hard-won achievements in the fight against the pandemic. China also dispatched medical workers and experts, medical supplies and vaccines to other countries, especially African countries, to assist them. During this three-year battle, everybody was a hero.
At this juncture, ChinAfrica presents a set of photos that capture the memorable moments of the three remarkable years.