On Tuesday, the Chinese government directed its citizens to provide the necessary foodstuffs, with the increase in cases of “Corona” virus.
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce called on families and local governments in the provinces to stock up on daily necessities, as the country imposes strict restrictions aimed at curbing the outbreak of the Corona virus.
According to the “Economic Daily” of the ruling Communist Party in China, these directives come in preparation for possible closures in the winter.
The announcement did not specify the reason for the call or whether the country was threatened by food shortages.
China is seeking to impose a “zero-Covid” policy, which includes large-scale testing and lockdowns, to eliminate any small return of the Corona virus.
The ministry also called on various local authorities to facilitate agricultural production, agricultural production flow and supply, monitor meat and vegetable stocks and maintain price stability.
Supply chains were disrupted by quarantines at the height of the epidemic in early 2020 in several parts of the country and many highways were closed.
With the Winter Olympics in Beijing approaching next February, the government fears a new outbreak of the epidemic and has taken drastic measures in recent weeks after sporadic outbreaks appeared in the north of the country.
More than six million people were quarantined, especially in Lanzhou, 1,700 kilometers west of Beijing.
However, the number of documented cases is still very low compared to reports recorded in the rest of the world. Only 71 new cases were announced on Tuesday during the past 24 hours, after 92 cases were recorded on Monday, the largest daily number of injuries in China since mid-September.
Last summer, the country was hit by floods that disrupted agricultural production and raised prices.
Climate change is likely to increase the frequency of this type of natural disaster. China is the world’s largest importer of food products, making it vulnerable to diplomatic tensions such as those with its major suppliers such as the United States, Canada and Australia.