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Shanghai’s COVID-19 Lockdown Forces People to Go Hungry

Shanghai Covid Lockdown
China’s biggest city has imposed draconian restrictive measures. Video screenshot/YouTube/Channel 4

Residents of Shanghai, China’s largest city, which has been placed under a strict lockdown since late March to stem a new COVID-19 outbreak, are becoming increasingly frustrated, according to reports.

Many residents of this massive city of 25 million are struggling to get enough food and thousands have been led to quarantine centers.

No one is allowed to leave their residential compounds or buy food, meaning people rely on the government or private delivery drivers stretched thin by the massive demand for sustenance.

Videos show people screaming at community workers, pleading with them for food, saying they’re starving. Others show crowds at a quarantine food distribution site fighting over a small delivery of vegetables.

Footage circulating online showed people screaming from their balconies with the person filming claiming it was because people had grown tired of China’s strict lockdown rules.

Pets collected and killed during lockdown in Shanghai

There are also videos circulating of pets from people getting tested positive for COVId-19 being collected to be killed.

The army was also deployed in Shanghai to enforce the draconian restrictive measures.

Shanghai’s handling of the latest COVID-19 outbreak has made international headlines in the last few weeks, but the most controversial of its practices had been separating COVID-positive children from their parents.

The US said it has asked all its non-essential staff and their family members at the Shanghai consulate to leave.

The State Department ordered the departure “due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak” there, according to a spokesperson from its Beijing embassy.

“It is best for our employees and their families to be reduced in number and our operations to be scaled down as we deal with the changing circumstances on the ground,” it was said on Tuesday.

The situation in Shanghai has also led the EU chamber of commerce to warn that China’s zero-COVID strategy was “eroding foreign investors’ confidence.”

In a letter, it urged the Chinese government to shift its approach by giving the Chinese population access to mRNA vaccines and allowing people with mild symptoms to quarantine at home.

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