The secondary tragedy caused by the city lockdown in Shanghai is still ongoing as bodies are removed from the apartments and epidemic prevention staff prevent people from filming. 

To people’s surprise, “walking permits” are issued with many restrictions. Contrary to expectations, a residential area with more than a thousand people was only granted 100 “walking permits.” 

The epidemic continues to spread in China. The latest updates on China’s epidemic prevention and control measures are the following.

UK Visa Application Center closed

According to Sound of Hope, the British Visa Center in Shanghai has been closed.

Moreover, the UK Visa Application Center in Beijing suddenly issued a notice, saying that due to the epidemic prevention and control requirements, various activities such as visa applications and passport-related services were temporarily suspended as of May 23. The reopening time would be announced later. 

Shanghai continues “Zero-Covid” policy; police broke into houses

According to Twitter user @xinwendiaocha, on May 24, the neighborhood’s committee at a residential building in Tongle Village, Guangzhong Road Street, Hongkou District, ordered all the building’s residents to go into quarantine because of one Covid-19 infection. 

As the building residents did not cooperate, the neighborhood’s committee asked the police to knock on doors. If a resident did not open the door, the police forcefully broke the door and stormed in to arrest people inside.

Secondary disasters persist

In a video posted by netizens on May 25, some epidemic prevention workers are carrying a black body bag out of a residential building. Many residents are watching and taking pictures. Some staff wearing protective clothing at the scene discourage viewers from filming, and some even threaten observers. 

The account that shared the video said that in the residential area of ​​Jiahai Yayuan, Jiangqiao Town, Jiading District in Shanghai, residents were said to have starved to death in their homes and the bodies were “smelly” when they were found. 

It is impossible to know whether the people died of starvation or disease from the video. However, epidemic prevention workers prevented people from taking photos. It was clear that they did not care about the causes of death; they did not want the news to spread.

According to the official division map of “three districts” in Shanghai, as of May 22, alleys 379 and 380 in Jiahai Yayuan are still “controlled areas,” and many residential buildings are classified as “closed areas.” Residents of the “controlled area” are asked not to leave the community, while the “closed areas” residents are not allowed to leave their homes. 

According to NTDTV, Shanghai has been closed for two months, and the shortage of essential supplies continues to worsen. Many elderly people living alone who do not know how to shop online are dying of starvation. As the city lockdown has lasted long, some young people with no money have also fallen into starvation. Online videos circulating on social media show young people jumping from the buildings in extreme despair.  

Shanghai issues “Walking permits,” residents must show three certificates when leaving their homes

After nearly two months of Shanghai’s lockdown, the authorities have announced the gradual return of public transport services. However, the so-called Shanghai’s “walking permit” requirements show that the authorities have placed many restrictions on citizens’ freedom of movement. 

On May 25, Wang Hui, an associate professor at Capital University of Economics and Business, said on Weibo, “Professor Wang of Pudong Cadre School posted a photo of a ‘Walking permit.’ In 2020, our neighborhood used to have “access cards.” This is the first time I see the ‘walking permit,’ and I also asked Professor Wang if it was her son’s card. It seems to be real today.” 

The “walking permit” that Associate Professor Wang shared on Weibo clearly mentions “Shangnan Second Village,” an area in the Old Quarter of Pudong in Shanghai. The allowed time is stated on the “Walking permit” as “12:30 – 14:30 on May 25, 2022”.  

In addition, the information states explicitly that the “walking permit” can only be used on this road and cannot be used to enter shopping locations such as “supermarkets and pharmacies.” Entering and exiting residential areas requires a Certificate of negative nucleic acid test valid for 48 hours. You can only enter and exit after having a health code and a Certificate of Nucleic Acid, and must return to the residential area within 2 hours. 

This means that when locals go in and out of a residential area, they must carry three documents: an official health code, a nucleic acid test paper and a walking permit. In addition, the time to go out is limited to 2 hours. 

The news has sparked heated discussions among netizens. The Epoch Times quoted Chinese netizens: “I have lived in Shanghai for a long time and hardly heard anyone talk about this concept. Today, I have broadened my knowledge. In a short span of two months, the epidemic has completely changed Shanghai with a population of 25 million people.” 

According to Mainland China’s NetEase, the Shixin residential area on Fushan Road in Pudong, Shanghai, was freed from the lockdown on May 24. After nearly two months, “confined” residents finally got a chance to come out. However, only 100 permits were issued to a residential area with up to 1,300 residents. 

Volunteer residents said only two people are responsible for procuring emergency supplies in each building. 

In an interview posted on NetEase, a representative of Luonan No. 2 Village, Luodian Town, Baoshan District, said that a building can only send one person out of the community to do the shopping in an hour and a half, while the 3 nearest supermarkets are 4 or 5 km away.

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