Adding more to China’s stringent pandemic saga are COVID supervisors now patrolling Shenzhen city’s streets.
They were the main characters of a blog post on NetEase on August 7. They are not the reputable Dabai army, a trademark of China’s zero-tolerance policy, who are mostly volunteers or local officials in white hazmat suits.
These new pandemic enforcers stand out on the streets with yellow armbands that read, or pandemic guards.
From an alleged government notice, the author believed these pandemic workers were hired by the authorities. They were recruited by a sub-district in Shenzhen, and the payment for their service amounted to 450,000 yuan (over $66,000).
According to online screenshots, one such guard revealed that their main tasks were to oversee pedestrians and shop clerks on the streets and remind them to stick by the government’s COVID curbs. That includes telling residents to put their masks on in compulsory areas.
Our channel has been unable to verify the document. But the new pandemic enforcers echo a vow made by the Shenzhen authority late last month that it would “mobilize all resources” to stop the headstrong virus from igniting an outbreak.
As Reuters quoted, Meng Fanli, head of the city’s Communist Party, said the city will “mobilize all resources and adopt all measures to quickly eliminate the risk of a community spread in key areas, resolutely cut transmission chains, and contain the outbreak as quickly as possible.”
A netizen by the nickname Hamamson Harano viewed that it was evident there is no end in sight for the country’s COVID war. Compared to 2020, this year’s coronavirus battle has only seen more Covid-related jobs and more industries generated. The pandemic has been irking China for three years, and the writer wonders how long it will last.