Like China’s previous efforts to contain the highly infectious Omicron variant, this one too is doomed to fail, although not before extracting an enormous cost. The dimensions of human suffering comes through in some of the videos posted by the suffering residents.
Public disorder broke out in Shanghai last night as the Chinese Communist regime’s draconian restrictions to eradicate coronavirus cases left residents running out of food – while cases continue to rise.
China’s largest city and financial centre has been under lockdown for 22 days, despite public health officials warnings that the Omicron Covid variant is so infectious that it cannot be wiped out by lockdowns.
Shanghai residents are only allowed to leave their homes once a day to collect food and infected Chinese children have been separated from their parents in a desperate attempt to stop the virus spreading.
Shanghai has a population of 26million and has now spent more than three weeks in the toughest lockdown anywhere in the world since the start of the pandemic.
American lawyer Jared T. Nelson, who lives in the city, tweeted that only two people from each apartment building are allowed to leave every day to collect food parcels.
Volunteers must wear full protective white suits and have two hours to finish the job.
Mr Nelson said he has been told the conditions at so-called central quarantine centres, where infected patients are taken, are ‘awful’.
He wrote: ‘No showers, portable toilets only, no hot water, and of course no privacy’.
The compliance lawyer also said food deliveries are regularly cancelled as supplies diminish.
Some parts of the city are much better connected to food supplies than others, he said.
Mr Nelson added: ‘[My family] had three deliveries that were booked to deliver today: two group purchases of meat/seafood + one individual purchase of soap and shampoo. All three were cancelled.’
In 2020 the entire public health establishment praised China’s “zero covid” strategy. Today 25 million people in Shanghai are confined to their homes. Families are going hungry and young children have been separated from their parents. Zero covid is a human rights disaster.