On September 28, the article “Take off the mask! “Being Upright and Upright Chinese” of People’s Daily has been popular among netizens.

The title and image of the old article mislead viewers by calling on the Chinese people to remove their masks and resolutely oppose the current epidemic prevention and control policy.

This article was first published on August 18, 2019. At that time, the COVID pandemic had not yet appeared. The article “Take off the mask” was aimed at the protesters of the anti-extradition movement in Hong Kong.

At that time, many Hong Kong people wore masks to protect themselves. On October 4, 2019, Hong Kong prohibited citizens from using objects to cover their faces during assemblies and parades.

However, after three years, “Take off the mask” is at the forefront for Chinese netizens. Many Chinese feel exhausted with the epidemic prevention policy. 

Currently, most countries have relaxed their epidemic prevention policies and bans on masks. However, China’s zero policy shows no signs of loosening.

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