Covid is still spreading in Beijing, and many people were taken away and quarantined. The authorities admit that the city’s “Covid zero” was an arduous and no easy task.
And in Shanghai, less than a day after some people celebrated the lockdown easing on June 1, they fell back into the nightmare of lockdown again.
More and more people have lost trust in the government, and have called for officials to take responsibility.
According to official reports, on June 2, 15 new Covid cases were reported in Beijing, mainly in Haidian and Fengtai districts.
Because China has allegedly covered up the outbreak, the true number of infected cases may be higher.
Beijing authorities even admitted that the city’s dynamic zero Covid policy is “a daunting task”.
Online video shows that on the evening of May 30, some communities in Beijing were closed. Many people were taken away to an isolation site.
Miss Tian, a resident of Beijing’s Fengtai District, told Chinese language media Da Ji Yuan 大纪元 , “Red Lion Home has got a new case. Now it’s a closed area, you can’t get in, you can’t get out.”
Red Lion Home is one of the first price-limited housing projects launched in Beijing in 2007.
Residents from the Red Lion Home were taken to an abandoned university dormitory for isolation.
Under big pressure, Chinese authorities have relaxed the restrictions on the surface, but underneath the partial lockdown is still severe.
On June 1, migrant workers from Yanjiao 燕郊 town in neighboring province of Hebei 河北 area, near Beijing, were blocked from going to work in the capital. They protested and had a big clash with the police.
People at the scene: “Is there a red-headed document for closing the city? What is your basis for this? We want nucleic acid, nucleic acid, negative, negative, why do you block us for so long. Nucleic acid every day, community every day, what is your purpose?”
People at the scene: “We haven’t gone to work in Beijing for a long time. We have nothing to eat anymore. We really have no money at home, and we can’t pay the mortgage.”
The authorities sent a large number of police to the scene, and clashes broke out between the police and the people. There are videos showing several police officers arresting and beating people to the ground. A man was injured and his clothes were torn.
Shanghai officially lifted the two-months lockdown on June 1. Except for the 650,000 residents in the control area who are still under lockdown, the rest of 26 millions Shanghai residents can freely move around within a certain range. But it’s not total freedom. Travel still meets many restrictions, including taking public transportation and going to banks. To enter public places such as shopping malls, one must show a negative nucleic acid test result within 72 hours.
But the joy does not last long. People were seen on the Bund in the early morning of June 1 to celebrate the lockdown easing. Starting in the evening of June 1, the city suddenly issued urgent notices, closing streets again in many areas. All staff were tested.
One Shanghai citizen said: “It’s been blocked again, and it’s only been a day since the lockdown was lifted. All, all lines, and all are blocked.”
Another said: “It’s over, it’s over. Next to the unit, the eleventh village of Tianlin. It was unblocked on June 1, and it was closed again on June 2. Now that it’s done, it’s blocked again, one can only get in but can not get out.”
For now, four areas in Pudong 浦東 New Area and Jing’an 靜安 District have been upgraded to medium-risk areas, and the authority put on strict management.
Ms. Huang, a Shanghai resident, said that a community in Jing’an District found a case. And the authorities wanted to seal the entire community. It was at first a prevention area, but if you have that case, it will be turned into a control area, and the entire community will be sealed. People were noisy about this. After the noise, they do not block the whole community but only that apartment. Later, at one or two o’clock in the middle of the night, the entire community was woken up and called down to do the nucleic acid test.
Beside Beijing, nucleic acid chaos also broke out in Shanghai. The financial city also has just been unblocked.
Mr. Zhong, another Shanghai resident, said that most of them have been unblocked, but some have not yet been lifted. Last night, he went to a hospital in Jing’an District near his house to take Covid test. The queue was very long. It took at least two hours until his turn.
He said when people enter the mall, they must show a nucleic acid test code for scanning. Everyone has to do it. People are very angry with the nucleic acid test because it is too troublesome.
Online video also shows a long queue of people lining outside the Shanghai No. 6 Hospital for nucleic acid testing on the evening of June 1. Some netizens said that the length and intensity of people queuing were even greater than in March.
On the same day, at a “Jinlu Normalized Nucleic Acid Collection Point” in Changfeng Street, Putuo District, many people queued in vain but could not do the testing because there were not enough test tubes. A resident became so angry that he turned over the table at the testing point. He had to receive administrative fines.
At the same time, the Shanghai authorities have said that the testing services at the normalized nucleic acid testing points will be free until June 30. After that, residents will have to pay. But they do not say how much they would charge by then. This would become another burden on the people again.
Many netizens have said on the Internet that they hope Shanghai officials would take responsibility for this.
Netizens said that they hope the Shanghai officials behind these serious measures will be held accountable soon. They said officials must be held accountable.
Many Shanghai residents said the closure of the city has made Shanghai people lose their trust in the authorities. And they have seen clearly what kind of government this is.
Ms. Huang, a Shanghai resident, said: “The secondary disasters caused by the city lockdown are too serious. How many people are thinking about suing them [the official] so they want to shirk their responsibilities. [This blockade has caused] so many people to die unjustly! Secondary disasters kill people, some people jump off buildings, some people starved to death.”
After the Shanghai lockdown, secondary disasters have been put to light. These include hospitals asking for nucleic acid testing before any medical treatment. This led to the death of many acutely ill and seriously ill people because they were not treated. The long-term closed management of the community has led to the death of lonely and elderly people. Many residents jumped off the building due to mental stress, financial stress, or depression, …
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