China remove the critical statement of the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, regarding the zero-zero strategyCovid from various social media networks.
Reuters reported that the Bamboo Curtain Country deleted the comment shortly after the UN social media account in China posted Ghebreyesus’ statement on Wednesday (11/5) morning.
The UN social media released Ghebreyesus’ statement delivered at the conference the day before.
At the conference, Ghebreyesus said, “We think that [strategi nol-Covid] not a sustainable strategy, given the behavior of the virus and what we anticipate in the future.”
The Chinese government immediately deleted the UN post from Weibo. Not only that, China also disabled the ‘sharing’ feature on WeChat to prevent the spread of Ghebreyesus’ statement.
Meanwhile, the United Nations and Weibo did not respond to requests for comment from Reuters.
However, the WeChat app stated that the UN post was “prohibited from sharing because it violates relevant laws and regulations.”
As reported by Reuters, Ghebreyesus’s comments have already become a conversation in China’s cyberspace, which is actually strictly censored.
Until now, China is still implementing a zero-Covid strategy. They will immediately tighten the rules when they detect a handful of Covid cases.
China’s rules have drawn criticism for being too strict. Residents in Shanghai and Beijing even have difficulty getting food because of the lockdown.
Some parties consider this strategy ineffective, considering that recently there have been a number of new Covid-19 variants that spread more quickly, but have milder symptoms.