Shanghai Tight insurance to combat a COVID-19 The wave is entering its third week, and residents are trying to get around Chinese internet censorship to express their frustration with the restrictions.
Public discontent among Shanghai locals It is growing as the government tries to improve the distribution of food and basic goods to the population in the closed city.
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Eleven thousand delivery staff It works to keep Shanghai’s 26 million residents fed and supplied, but reports on Twitter show that locals are struggling to find reliable sources of food.
Delivery services like Meituan, Alibaba’s Freshippo online grocery platform, and its Ele.me service are overburdened but still running. People in the city complain that they have to get up at dawn for a chance to book grocery delivery; Others find that these orders sell out in seconds.
As the public reaction against the lockdown continues, the Chinese government has become increasingly defensive and censors videos and online complaints from the city.
Some (mostly unverified) videos that slipped through the cracks reveal residents taking to the streets and banging pots and pans on their balconies, claiming they were starving to death in their apartments.
China imposed the lockdown as part of a “zero tolerance” policy for COVID-19 for residents east of the Huangpu River on March 28. The rest of the city followed suit on April 1. Only health care workers, volunteers and delivery workers, and those with special exemptions, can move around the greater metropolitan area.
Extensive tests are underway in the city and 26,087 new cases It was announced on Monday – but only 914 cases were asymptomatic.
Shanghai’s deputy mayor, Chen Tong, said at a press conference on Thursday that the city had enough supplies of rice and meat to feed its residents, but delivery to people’s doors was difficult due to movement restrictions.
He said the city is trying to get more postmen out of closed areas and on the streets to deliver supplies, as well as reopen wholesale markets and food stores and crack down on price gouging.
But even when government food deliveries reach residents, some claim groceries aren’t enough to feed everyone in their homes.
According to a video, a woman who had a vegetable garden was taking it upon herself to help her neighbors.
Since the lockdown began, Shanghai has hired thousands of additional health workers from other regions. While case numbers remain high, No new deaths It was reported in this latest wave.
Officials say Lockdown restrictions will begin to relax soon.
Residents in areas considered “precautionary” with no infections for the past two weeks will be able to move around their area, although gatherings remain restricted. \
Meanwhile, in “controlled” areas, residents can move around in their neighborhoods, which are smaller than areas, while “closed” areas require everyone to stay indoors.
– With files from Reuters and The Associated Press
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