Shanghai authorities, China’s most populous city, predicted late last week that a strict limit of about 25 million people could ease. However, the number of daily infections has not decreased – it has increased. And the measures that were already strict – have become even stricter.
On Friday, 5,487 new positive cases were recorded in the city, the highest number since the start of the pandemic. This Saturday, authorities said they had not detected any new cases outside the quarantine areas. The measures are intended to prevent the virus from spreading and to make it more difficult with the increased infectivity of the Ómicron variant.
A total ban on leaving home is maintained, except for going abroad for tests – people are called at any time, there are whole families on the street going to tests at night, the French daily describes. releasewhich calls what is happening in the city “an endless collective punishment.”
“I feel like I’m going through a great famine,” in 1959-1961, during Mao Zendong’s great leap into politics, when at least 45 million people died, Shanghai Fang said. releaseon the phone.
Authorities promised that no one will be left without anything, but reports are accumulating from people who are unable to buy food or medicines or receive them already by the time of delivery spoiled.
That’s why many try to buy food through delivery apps – that don’t come with orders. The lucky ones who get it pay a huge price: a fruit basket can go up to 80 euros, two pork chops for 57 euros.
Anyone with a positive test result will be taken to “quarantine centers” wearing full protective suits in columns provided by the police. There are cases where parents who test positive are taken away but the children stay home. Authorities promise to bring them what they need – but few trust them.
If there are animals, you have to find someone to keep them, otherwise they will be slaughtered. A video in which municipal workers killed a woman in solitary confinement on a barracks for a positive opinion, left behind, caused great outrage.
Renewed measures to covidate covid-19 over the past ten days include strengthening roadside surveillance, disinfecting homes and installing motion detectors on the doors of infected people pending their transfer to isolation centers or even metal barriers. Some houses and buildings that have had cases in less than seven days have used wire mesh large enough to allow tests to be done so that the gates don’t have to be opened, and 24-hour surveillance, he says. Le Monde.
In a French newspaper, a resident of one of these buildings says police arrived at his house at midnight to say that because there were a significant number of cases of infection in the building, they are all being taken to an isolation center. Dressed in fully protective suits, they made a seven-hour bus ride without breaks.
“There was a pregnant woman, a person over 80, and a five-year-old,” she said.
Residents think the uncertainty about what is possible is as bad as the harsh nature of the measures. In some cases, neighborhood protection committees allow neighbors to care for animals, for example. In others, they seal the apartments without help.
Fearing that the same could happen as in Shanghai, Beijing began rushing to supermarkets and grocery stores.
The city is nearing the end of the second round of a mass testing campaign involving nearly 20 million residents (about 90% of the city’s total population). This Saturday, Chinese capital officials said the city’s restaurants will be closed until May 4th.