China has relaxed its covid restrictions. It has announced several changes to its restrictions during the past two weeks. The changes have been quite significant.
This decision follows protests from its residents on the impacts of the restrictions on their livelihood and social activities.
The relaxation will bring possible health risks. More people will be infected with covid, and more people will need to be treated in hospital. There is the fear that the hospital system will be overwhelmed. Deaths from covid will also increase.
This is a risk that is worth taking. If the hospital system is overwhelmed and deaths increased significantly, China can reintroduce its restrictions. At the time, the general public will understand and will agree to the measures that have to be taken.
Personally, I think that the risk will not be great. The current variant of the virus is mild, although it is quite contagious.
However, I am expressing a layman view. The medical experts will monitor the actual data and make their judgment.
I wish China all the best in the new phase of its battle against the covid virus.
Tan Kin Lian