Thousands of residents of Beijing, forcibly sent into quarantine, in the middle of the night. This is what happened in China this Friday, after the discovery of 26 cases of Covid-19 in a residence. A new milestone in a form of health dictatorship, as the country stubbornly applies the zero Covid-19 strategy, despite the contagiousness of Omicron. The Chinese government provided itself with an official opinion, then proceeded the evacuation of the Nanxinyuan complex, in the south-east of the capital. 13,000 people were then transported in serried ranks to isolation hotels. They all tested negative for Covid-19, however, according to images shared on social networks.Residents of Nanxinyuan compound in SE Beijing were told to pack essential belongings and cooperate, otherwise they would “bear all the corresponding legal consequences”. Weibo photos show residents queuing with luggage to board coaches, w/ one describing it as a “wartime scene” pic.twitter.com/KIo5E1KLXR— Laurie Chen (@lauriechenwords) May 21, 2022 Nanxinyuan will be subject to quarantine from midnight on May 21 for seven days,” reads an announcement from Chaoyang district health authorities. “Please cooperate or you will face legal consequences,” they added. Residents were asked to pack their clothes and essentials, and told their accommodations were going to be disinfected, according to discussions on Weibo. Photos on socials showed hundreds of people queuing with their luggage in the darkness to board coaches in front of the residence. “Some of us have been locked up for 28 days since April 23, and we’ve all tested negative since then,” a resident complained on Weibo. “Many of my neighbors are elderly or have young children”. “The same as in Shanghai” Beijing is facing its biggest outbreak of contamination since the start of the pandemic. The Omicron variant has infected more than 1,300 people since the end of April, leading to the indefinite closure of restaurants, schools and tourist sites. China continues to pursue a draconian “zero Covid” policy: border closures, massive tests, confinements of entire cities and forced quarantines for contact cases. Despite the appearance of pockets of resistance and the resulting fall in economic activity. Last month, thousands of Shanghai residents were sent to improvised quarantine centers hundreds of kilometers away, while the A metropolis of 25 million people was fighting an epidemic outbreak. On Weibo, Internet users expressed their concern on Saturday that Beijing was adopting an approach similar to that of Shanghai, where residents have been undergoing confinement for weeks which has deprived many people of adequate access to food and care. “It’s exactly the same as in Shanghai, the first step is to cut off the water and electricity, then to demand keys… Then to disinfect the houses. Electrical appliances, wooden furniture, clothes, food… They are all ruined,” read a comment that had more than 300 likes.
Welcome! Log into your account
Recover your password
A password will be e-mailed to you.