A video showing the suffering of a girl shortly before her death in a quarantine facility in China aroused people’s indignation. It ignited social media with repudiation and demands responsibility for what appears to be one more abuse of the measures imposed under the excuse of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tragedy happened in the city of Ruzhou, Henan province, China.

On October 16, Guo Jingjing, a 16-year-old girl, was isolated in a quarantine center with her 60-year-old grandmother when she began to feel feverish and unwell. She was given antipyretics.

The next morning the fever rose again, and in a few hours, her condition worsened. The video shows the girl beginning to convulse and tremble while she is heard saying nonsense words and phrases. 

Her father said that Guo was dazed and unconscious at the time. When he asked for help from the health personnel in charge of the isolation facility, he got no response: “Nobody cared,” he said. There were no doctors on site, only nurses.

After many attempts, at 7 pm, she was transferred to the Fourth Hospital in Ruzhou city for treatment.

Doctors performed blood tests, CT scans, and gave her IV fluids at 9 pm.

At 3:30 am on October 18, Guo passed away. The doctors told her father that the girl died of pulmonary edema and encephalitis caused by high fever.

The victim’s father requested the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China to come and supervise the fact that the epidemic prevention in Ruzhou City was inadequate to save his daughter’s life.

The young girl’s aunt said in the video that the six members of the girl’s family were in isolation. Guo was taken there because she was a close contact, but she was fine. After 4 days, she ended up with a high fever and no one to take care of her.

She said: “We have been asking for help since 3 am last night, including the mayor’s hotline and the center’s line for disease control and prevention, and we couldn’t get through.”

“Now I just want all my family and friends to see this video, help me forward it, give me a place to ask for help, give me justice, and then I want to know what is the reason why the girl ended up like this.”

For 20 days, the city of Ruzhou was paralyzed by the restrictions of the zero-COVID policy. There were no deaths from the virus, but one girl’s life was apparently lost because of these measures.

Guo’s family will have to wait to comply with the isolation policy before they can retrieve her body and provide her with a funeral.

A Voice of Hope reporter called Guo’s father for details of the tragedy. He said, “At 2:00 am on the 14th, our policy here is that as long as there is contact or close contact, they will take them all away. That day they took our whole family. To the quarantine point. A place, but not a building…”

According to the reporter, after saying this, communication was interrupted and could no longer be restored.

Two reporters from Da Ji Yuan media had the same problem. Possibly, the phone of the victim’s relative is being monitored by the authorities to prevent him from giving details of the event.

A volcano about to explode

Since the preparations for the Communist Party congress in Beijing began, censorship and surveillance have intensified, as have the restrictive measures applied to the population in the name of the fight against COVID.

With only about twenty cases registered per day among a population of close to 100 million, Henan province suffers from sudden lockdowns and massive quarantines of people considered close contacts.

This series of arbitrary measures, suspected to be caused by political interests rather than health, makes people feel exhausted and vent their frustration on social media.

Anger over what happened to the girl in Ruzhou spread quickly after. Over 700,000 people posted and spread the information of the girl’s death in a short time with several hashtags. Soon, they were censored, and their posts disappeared. 

Censorship cases are multiplying, but even so, the regime is not enough to stem the flow of information that the CCP considers sensitive or dangerous to its interests.

A week ago, shortly before the Chinese Communist Party Congress, a protester hung banners on the Sitong Bridge in Beijing that read:

 “Say no to the Covid test, yes to food. No to confinement, yes to freedom.”

“Go on strike, remove national dictator Xi Jinping.”

Soon the hunt for comments and censorship of material reporting what happened became fierce to hide popular discontent and to prevent the idea from multiplying.

The Weibo website restricted searches that included words such as Beijing, bridge, Sitong bridge, brave, etc., that could allude to the event.

For its part, WeChat, China’s largest messaging application, with 1200 million users worldwide, began to delete and block the accounts of those who shared the information, posted the photos, or commented on the issue.

Being banned from WeChat, means that many of the services linked to this account will not be usable, such as health QR codes. This means the user cannot continue with his daily routine as usual. It is a way to hold the user hostage and slow down the spread of the news.

We have to wait and see how long the Chinese regime will be able to restrain a population on the verge of emotional collapse with its censorship and tight COVID measures.

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