Quarantine imposed on 26 million Chinese people, resulting in food shortages, pet killing, and denial of basic medical treatment to other patients
In the last three years, China has established a zero-covid policy, but with the rapid expansion of Omicron, the long-term and large-scale lockdown in Shanghai has caused inhabitants to face a variety of survival issues.
Shortage of food
26 million people have been quarantined at home and in a central facility in Shanghai, China’s financial capital and largest metropolis. People spontaneously acquire supplies with their neighbours as a result of the lockdown, but it’s still tough to meet their personal needs. The elderly, especially those who live alone and do not have access to a smartphone, continue to encounter significant challenges in surviving. Meanwhile, the government’s inadequate management has blocked contributions from other cities from reaching residents in Shanghai. Re-selling humanitarian supplies was also discovered by regional officials.
Other patients unable to receive medical treatment
The concept of a zero Covid policy is that all positive cases must be isolated, and both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients must be quarantined centrally, causing medical resources to be taken up by Covid patients. Other patients, meanwhile, were left untreated. Cancer patients are unable to receive treatment on time, kidney patients are unable to receive dialysis, and a patient has previously died of a heart attack as a result of an ambulance waiting for more than three hours. Patients are also irritated by the lack of treatment. Long-term quarantine causes depressed patients’ conditions to deteriorate, patients who require medication to survive are unable to obtain it, and patients who require oxygen to life are unable to access it since factory workers tested positive and production was suspended. “Any disease can kill us, except Covid,” people wrote on social media.
Killing of Pets
The pets cannot quarantine with their owner if the owner has tested positive for Covid. The video of a “Covid worker beating a corgi to death after the owner was quarantined” went viral on social media, with many criticising the dog’s murder as harsh and needless, but they didn’t stop, and many more cats and dogs are still being ‘bio-safety disposed of.’ Many households have turned to social media for assistance in finding someone to look after their pets in order to escape being killed by a covid worker.
Despite the inhabitants’ dissatisfaction and disillusionment, Liang Wannian, who chairs a National Health Commission group on COVID-19, believes Shanghai’s “dynamic clearance” approach is still the “best option.