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Fences erected around Shanghai buildings to keep people indoors as lockdown continues

As the Chinese city remains under strict lockdown, authorities in Shanghai have taken measures to secure some apartments buildings.

China’s zero COVID policy has forced many of the 26 million residents to remain at home. Fences as high as two metres have been erected around housing blocks, and streets were closed entirely on Saturday.

Some users posted photos of the fences on Weibo, and they reacted angrily.

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One person wrote, “This is so disrespectful to the rights of people inside – using steel barriers to enclose them as domestic animals.”

Video footage was posted that showed residents protesting on their balconies as the fences were being built. Also, footage was shown of people trying to take down the fences.

Shanghai has three types of neighbourhoods. These categories are based on risk of transmission and dictate how people can live their daily lives.

More information on Covid-19

Shanghai conducts daily COVID testing and all cases that are positive are forced into Quarantine Centres.

It has been reported that entire communities have been moved, even if they do not have COVID. Authorities claim that this allows homes and businesses to be vaccinated.

Several people have died from the virus in Shanghai, but there are some questions about the

Official figures indicated that 39 people died from COVID-19 in Shanghai on April 23rd, compared with 12 the day before.

Image: Shanghai conducts daily COVID testing across the entire city. Pic: AP
Image Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is forced to visit Quarantine Centres.

However, the city didn’t report any deaths within the first few weeks of this outbreak, which led some to question the accuracy of these figures.

Authorities have confirmed that all 87 deaths from the outbreak occurred within the last seven days.

On 23 April, there were 19,657 new locally transmitted asymptomatic and 1,401 symptomatic cases. Both numbers are slightly lower than the previous day.

There were 280 more cases than the 218 from the previous day.

China’s economic hub is under severe threat

Many Shanghai residents have been affected by the lockdown for more than three weeks. This has caused them to lose their wages and to suffer food shortages.

Anger is on the rise, but venting online can be difficult in a country with government censors constantly looking for criticism from political leaders.

Many people post online using euphemisms. However, videos of Do you Hear the People Sing? are popular. A revolutionary song from the musical Les Miserables has been widely re-posted.

On Saturday, We Chat had over 90 million mentions of the title.

However, the end is not yet in sight. Other Chinese cities under lockdown began to loosen restrictions only after the number of cases dropped to zero.


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