Containment in Shanghai: Residents scream their frustration at their windows

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COVID – Containment hits the system of Shanghainese. Faced with the worst wave of Covid in China since the start of the epidemic, Shanghai, the economic capital of the country, has been in total or partial confinement for two weeks. Under very strict health measures, the 25 million Shanghainese are forced to stay at home.

And the least we can say is that this forced and very, very strict confinement pushes the inhabitants of the capital to the limit. In a video taken by one of them and released on Saturday April 9, dozens, if not hundreds of people can be heard screaming in frustration and exhaustion from their window. A way to release the pressure, of course, but also their only means of protest against the restrictions.

“This video taken yesterday in Shanghai, China, by the father of one of my close friends. She has verified its authenticity: people are shouting out the window after a week of total confinement, do not leave your apartment for any reason”, writes in legend this radio host. The video has also been authenticated by France Inter.

“At first some people shouted, then suddenly everyone started shouting. Because all these people do not know how long this confinement will last and why the measure was decided. There is no explanation. We have been confined for 7 days. Not only can we not leave the residence, but not even our apartments. It’s not okay, If it lasts a long time, there will be problems”, says the man behind the camera.

Because the restrictions are such that the inhabitants are not even allowed to go out to buy food and more and more people find themselves with an empty fridge. Most supermarkets are closed and many delivery people are unable to work.

Separating positive children from their parents

The Chinese authorities continue to defend their “zero Covid” strategy, with confinements as soon as a few cases appear. In Shanghai, they once implemented a highly controversial policy of separating coronavirus-positive children from their parents who tested negative, which they relaxed in the face of criticism.

China is pursuing a policy of rapid containment, mass testing and travel restrictions to stem the spread of the virus. Shanghai, under the effect of a wave fueled by the Omicron variant, reported on Sunday April 10 a record number of 24,943 new infections, most of them asymptomatic, representing more than 90% of the national total.

Authorities have prepared tens of thousands of new beds in more than 100 makeshift hospitals under a policy of isolating anyone who tests positive for the virus, whether or not they show symptoms. Many residents are chafing at the restrictions and venting their anger via social media over food shortages and drastic measures taken to stem the outbreak.

Relaxations announced to calm discontent

This Monday morning, faced with the rise in protest, the local government announced measures likely to be relaxed. It will gradually allow residents of areas with the least contamination to move outside their neighborhoods, although it is not known how many people will be able to leave their homes or when.

Shanghai officials will determine three categories of neighborhoods based on the incidence rate. “Differentiated prevention and control” measures will reflect the “real” situation on the ground, city official Gu Honghui said Monday. Residents of “strict control” and “controlled areas” will remain confined to their homes. Residents of neighborhoods where no cases have been recorded in the past two weeks will be allowed to leave their homes.

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