Some areas in Yunnan province and Chongqing city have started to impose fees on all new people admitted to quarantine sites. The new regulation has once again stirred public outrage with costs that range from 100 yuan (about $14) to 300 yuan (or $42) per person each day and in some cases even more.
As Chinese media Apollo reported, on September 22, Yiliang County, Zhaotong city, Yunnan province, issued a notice regarding quarantine fees.
Accordingly, all newly admitted people to quarantine sites will have to cover the cost of food and accommodation during the quarantine period. It costs 183 yuan (about $27) for each person per day.
The notice also stated that people must also pay a one-time fee when they are there.
Another county under Zhaotong, also issued the notice starting on September 21.
According to the official announcement, quarantined people who refuse to pay the fees or cooperate with the quarantine regulations sites will be dealt with by the public security department.
According to the Changshou Release, on September 20, the Changshou District, Chongqing city, government issued a similar notice. Accordingly, those who are in Changshou District’s centralized quarantine location for medical observation must pay for accommodations during this time.
It is reported that the second phase of the Yanjia public rental housing’s quarantine site costs 300 yuan (about $42) per person per day (including meals 60 yuan (about $8) /per person/day).
The notice will go into effect on September 21. When they checked in at the quarantine sites, the people under quarantine had to pay the cost.
However, the notice is now nowhere to be found. It was removed from the website of the People’s Government of Changshou District, Chongqing.
Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and other major cities have started to adopt normal nucleic acid testing.
According to Goldman Sachs, testing 70% of China’s population every two days would cost $370 billion, or 2.2% of China’s 2021 GDP.
One Weibo user said, “Quarantine fees 100-300 yuan … is it financially overwhelming, or do you want to make quarantine a business?”