The reason that they have been so paranoid stems back to the early days of the outbreak when the death rate of infected persons around Wuhan was 5%+. They were, very, scared that in a nation of 1.4bn+ the numbers of deaths would be unmanageable. Since then they have erred, heavily, on the side of caution and have reacted slowly to the changing nature of the virus. They have also had problems with low vaccination rates amongst vulnerable groups, particularly the elderly. Something that we have also experienced in HK.Every time I see a news report of new lockdown in China and zero covid policy.
I aways wonder what is it they know about covid that there not telling everyone.
As of today, they have announced the relaxation of quarantine period for incoming travellers, down to 5 days in a hotel + 3 days home monitoring. It is the first step of the re-opening of Chinese borders and a, gradual, relaxation of internal restrictions such as lonckdowns. The current plan is to continue easing over a 5-6 month period and it is unlikely that we will see too much progfress this side of Chinese New Year when, traditionally, 400m+ people travel internally to celebrate with family.