Shanghai containment: Residents scream their frustration at their windows

COVID – Containment hits the Shanghainese system. Facing the worst wave of Covid in China Since the beginning of the epidemic, Shanghai, the economic capital of the country, has been in total or partial confinement for two weeks. Under very strict sanitary measuresthe 25 million Shanghainese are forced to stay at home.

And the least we can say is that this forced confinement and very, very strict, takes the inhabitants of the capital to the limit. In a video taken by one of them and released on Saturday, April 9, dozens if not hundreds of people can be heard screaming in frustration and exhaustion from their window. A way to release the pressure, no doubt, but also your only way to defy the restrictions.

“This video taken yesterday in Shanghai, China, by the father of one of my close friends. She has verified the authenticity of it: people are screaming out the window after a week of total confinement, do not leave your apartment for any reason, ”writes this radio host in the caption. The video has also been authenticated by France Inter.

“At first some people were screaming, then all of a sudden everyone started screaming. Because all these people do not know how long this confinement will last and why the measure was decided. There is no explanation. We have been confined for 7 days. Not only can we not leave the residence, not even our apartments. It is not good, if it lasts a long time, there will be problems”, says the man behind the camera.

Because the restrictions are such that the inhabitants are not even allowed to go out to buy food and more and more people are finding their fridge empty. Most supermarkets are closed and many delivery drivers are unable to work.

Separate positive children from their parents.

The Chinese authorities continue to defend their “Covid zero” strategy, with lockdowns as soon as some cases appear. In Shanghai they implemented for a time a very controversial policy consisting of separate children with coronavirus from their parents they came back negative, which they softened in the face of criticism.

China is following a policy of rapid containment, mass testing and travel restrictions to stop the spread of the virus. Shanghai, under the effect of a wave fueled by the Omicron variant, reported a record number of 24,943 new infections on Sunday, April 10, most of them asymptomatic, representing more than 90% of the national total.

Authorities have prepared tens of thousands of new beds in more than 100 makeshift hospitals under a policy of isolating anyone who tests positive for the virus, whether or not they show symptoms. Many residents are upset about the restrictions and are expressing their anger on social media over food shortages and the drastic measures taken to stop the outbreak.

They announce relaxations to calm the discontent

This Monday morning, given the upsurge in protests, the local government announced measures that could be relaxed. It will gradually allow residents of areas with less pollution to leave their neighborhoods, although it is not known how many people will be able to leave their homes or when.

Shanghai officials will determine three categories of neighborhoods based on incidence rate. The “differentiated prevention and control” measures will reflect the “real” situation on the ground, municipal official Gu Honghui said on Monday. Residents of “strict control” and “controlled areas” will remain confined to their homes. Residents of neighborhoods where there have been no cases in the last two weeks will be allowed to leave their homes.

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