In addition to the fees that Chongqing and Yunnan impose for all quarantine points, officials in Neijiang, Sichuan, require anyone who does not get nucleic acid tests to finance their own seven-day quarantine at a cost of 273 yuan (about $40) per day. Some Chinese officials have acknowledged that the economy has collapsed due to the pandemic. The government has run out of money, and there has been a massive wave of bankruptcies and people emigrating.
Quarantine fees increase, people complain
Sina newspaper reported, on September 22, that the government of Neijiang, Sichuan, issued a notice to increase nucleic acid testing fees for everyone in key areas such as Shizhong district, Dongxing district, Neijiang economic development zone, Neijiang high-tech park. The notice read, “From today, those who do not participate in nucleic acid testing in accordance with the regulations, once detected will be quarantined for 7 days at their own expense.”
The notice said that the fees at Daliangshan Rehabilitation Center, are 188 yuan per day, and meals are an extra 85 yuan per day. Those who refuse to pay or do not cooperate will be held accountable.
Until now, the CCP has been taking extreme pandemic prevention and control measures, making people more frustrated.
The regulation has caused a backlash in public opinion. NTDTV quoted one netizen, “They have directly issued a notice of payment. Being thieves then don’t pretend to be polite. Once they get this money, they might demand more in the future!”
Another said: “It’s really sad to see this news with the news that Hong Kong has canceled the quarantine order on entry. It is predicted that the CCP is coming to an end, so they are crazy at the last moment. Chaos to the extreme is a new beginning.”
Recently, Changshou District of Chongqing; Zhenxiong District, Yiliang and other districts of Zhaotong in Yunnan province also started collecting management fees for all residents in quarantine, with fees ranging from 100 yuan to 300 yuan per person per day.
According to an RFA report on September 23, the Administrative Center of Changshou District Government announced that it completed a strict local inspection with this matter. But it refused to explain why the mandatory fees had been introduced.
According to the newspaper Chongqing, said, “When people get off the highway in Changshou, they will be inspected. After the inspection, those who need to be quarantined will be quarantined, and they will pay according to the government’s official letter issued on September 21.”
The Wufeng District Office, where the Zhenxiong District Government is located, said that even locals would be forced to pay the quarantine costs if they had recently traveled to pandemic areas such as Guizhou and Sichuan. If you hide your journey, you will be detained.
Chongqing official: The economy has collapsed and there is a wave of bankruptcies
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the extreme anti-pandemic policies of governments across China, have caused much discontent and frustration. Recently, the Chinese Communist Party has strongly pushed for the normalization of nucleic acid testing. More than 10 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen, have taken measures to normalize nucleic acid testing.
A department-level market official in Chongqing, who asked to remain anonymous, told RFA that, in the past, authorities charged a quarantine fee mainly for people returning from abroad, but now some places are open and some are secret about collecting quarantine fees. One explanation is that the government is really out of money, the other is they want to stop the flow of people and reduce the pressure on the “zero-COVID” policy.
The official added that because the authorities are worried that if there is a large-scale infection, key local officials may have problems. But this draconian control and management has reduced people’s mobility, seriously damaging the economy.
For example, in the first half of this year alone, there have been many serious bankruptcies and people are leaving in the commercial centers of Chongqing.
Many young people and low-skilled laborers have fallen on difficult times. The situation for most of the lower-class workers is even more uncertain.
The official said, “Wages in this institution are all decreasing. Right now I’m at the department level, so the salary hasn’t decreased much. As for those at the faculty and vice-dean level, the salary has fallen sharply, down to two-thirds.”
She said, “Currently the pandemic situation is very serious, the economy is collapsing because all places are blocked. This year all kinds of information is released, often very bad information, because I am currently in charge of complaint cases. There were a lot of people fleeing, especially this year, a lot of people went bankrupt and all industries fled, three or four times more than before the pandemic.”
She also pointed out that as frontline managers, there are many people who understand the reality, but their advice is basically not being heard, even if they discuss it with others, they will be warned. She said that the high-ranking officials in Chongqing also understood the situation, but they did not dare offend their superiors, so everyone from top to bottom pretends to be ignorant.
The Chongqing municipal government and the municipal pandemic command did not respond.
In April this year, news commentator Qin Peng mentioned in his program “Observation of the economy and politics Qin Peng” that the core group of the city Party committee and the government of Suzhou city held a meeting and made a decision: Suzhou cannot hold out any longer. The cost of nucleic acid testing per day will be added to medical care and volunteers. Staff and security costs are nearly 200 million yuan (about 28 million). Recently, the corporate tax refund was up to 7 billion yuan. Suzhou’s finances are already beyond their means, so they can no longer wait for Shanghai to wipe out COVID. Before their finances go to zero, they decided that every profession will return to normal after May 1. This plan has been submitted to the Jiangsu Provincial Party Committee and the Provincial Government for approval.