Almost 25 million inhabitants confined
The measure has led to logistical hiccups, with some Shanghainese struggling to get food supplies.
Another controversial measure: people who test positive for the coronavirus, even asymptomatic, are placed in solitary confinement in improvised quarantine centers – with sometimes rudimentary comfort and hygiene.
Lack of food and rebellion
Several inhabitants did not hesitate to rebel, asking to be supplied. In one area of the city, scenes of looting were filmed (see tweet below).
In some neighborhoods, demonstrations have been reported and residents are exasperated. “ I don’t care, even if the Communist Party arrests me. Besides, where is communism? I no longer have the means to live. My store is closed “says a man at the end quoted by France Info.
Relief announced in the face of the sling
Faced with growing public discontent, the authorities of China’s largest city have announced that they will gradually allow residents of areas with the least contamination to move outside their neighborhood. On this date, it does not seem possible to know how many people will be able to leave their homes or when.
The United States forces its personnel to leave
Worried about the welfare of American citizens, the United States announced on Tuesday that it had ordered non-essential employees of its consulate to leave Shanghai, against the backdrop of an epidemic outbreak and strict confinement in the metropolis. The American embassy specifies that the American diplomats informed the Chinese authorities their concerns about the safety and well-being of American citizens “.
France advises against traveling to Shanghai
The Quai d’Orsay has advised against travel to the Chinese metropolis. ” Any plans to travel to Shanghai should be postponed “, explains the diplomacy quoted by The echoes. ” This (containment) measure is accompanied by a screening campaign for the entire population. A positive result leads to the isolation in a hospital or an equipped center of the positive person and the contact cases. “, he specifies.