A number of residents of the coastal city of Tianjin revealed, in exclusive interviews to “Sky News Arabia”, the details of the situation around them, and how the authorities deal with the mutated “Omicron”, based on their experience with the Corona epidemic in its beginnings, as it appeared for the first time in Wuhan, central China. .
Risi Cheung, 38, who lives in Tianjin and works in a school, says that “despite the fact that the city has been exposed to Omicron injuries, the Chinese government has dealt with the matter positively,” according to her expression.
Raisi indicates that most of those around her conducted at least two examinations, stressing that she did not encounter anyone infected, and explained that “there is no complete closure of the city. What happens is that only infected people are isolated.”
And the lady pointed out that “as soon as the emergence of Omicron was announced, the Chinese government firmly announced its plan to confront this mutant.”
She stressed, “We can roam freely and go to the market to buy some foods, but we follow government instructions not to leave the house unless necessary.”
Reese spends most of her time at home, where she uses her time to read books, surf the Internet and play with her cats, as well as work online.
The Chinese citizen does not expect that there will be a complete closure due to “Omicron”, explaining that “in the next few days it will be the completion of testing for all 14 million residents of the city, and living freely again.”
As for the 27-year-old Algerian, Nawal Bentoumi, who lives in Tianjin alone, she described the situation around her as “going well, but there is a reservation on the part of Chinese citizens to leave their homes unless necessary.”
Nawal says, “There is a state of closure, but the government gave us a full day before it to provide for our needs.”
And she continues: “Before the closure, we had a full day to prepare for the new situation, and a test was conducted for the entire city, and after obtaining the results, the government gave half a day to get out of the homes again, but we returned to stay at home to conduct a second set of tests to confirm the results.”
“It was frustrating at first,” says the young woman. “She brought back memories of the first wave of closures that paralyzed China for more than 7 months in 2020.”
She explains that “nothing is certain yet regarding the virus, but I am trying as much as possible to be optimistic and positive,” adding: “We are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.”
While the 38-year-old Chinese citizen, Robin Yang, says that things are going well around him, and that he did not know anyone around him who had contracted the virus.
He believes that the conditions cannot be called “closure”, as it does not resemble the atmosphere at the beginning of the spread of the Corona pandemic, explaining that “staying at home until the test result appears is an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus or infection with it.”
“We get our food needs, and there is nothing to worry about. We work from home, we read books and we watch TV.”
Yang believes that the virus “may hit other countries significantly, but within China the prevention measures are still effective and perfect.”
China is strengthening its strategy to confront the Corona virus with its variants in preparation for the organization of the Winter Olympic Games, which will start next February 4 in Beijing.