BEIJING, November 28. /TASS/. Allegations that Chinese citizens are disappointed with the anti-COVID preventive measures are untrue, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a briefing on Monday.
"The situation you’ve mentioned is not true," he said, replying to a request to comment on whether the Chinese authorities intended to cancel the current anti-COVID measures, given the "widespread frustration" among the public. He stressed that China always had a zero-tolerance policy toward COVID and made appropriate adjustments to the actual situation.
"We believe that thanks to the leadership of the Communist Party of China and the cooperation and support of all Chinese people, China's fight against the coronavirus will be successful," Zhao Lijian maintained.
The South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong-based newspaper, reported on Sunday that demonstrations fueled by popular dissatisfaction with the anti-COVID restrictions had erupted over the weekend in a number of Chinese cities.
An increase in COVID-19 cases in China was recorded in early November. In October, Chinese doctors detected an average of 1,000 infected daily across the country. In many regions, preventive measures have been toughened, and residents are advised to reduce social contacts and not to leave home unnecessarily.