Jan 14, 2022 – 10:24 am
China is pursuing a strict zero-Covid strategy in the corona pandemic. Millions of people are forced into a lockdown, even if comparatively very few are infected. But what is now haunting social media is a few categories more extreme: Videos and photos show how thousands of people, including pregnant women and children, are locked in containers to stay there during the two-week quarantine period. The camps are said to be in the metropolis of Xi’an and also in the city of Keifeng in Henan Province, but are apparently set up more often in China. You can see the recordings in the video.
China’s government is apparently building countless container cities – as extensive quarantine camps. At the Weishi Sports Center in the city of Keifeng, people, including pregnant women, children and the elderly, are housed in seemingly endless rows of tiny boxes. The containers should only be equipped with a wooden bed and a toilet. This is reported, among other things, by English-language newspapers.
A camp resident told the BBC: “There’s nothing here, just the bare essentials. Nobody came to check on us, what is this quarantine? They made a big transfer of us in the night, more than a thousand people, and many of us are elderly people and children. They didn’t take any proper precautions and just left us careless [hier] placed.”
Videos show people in protective suits distributing food in the camps. According to residents, that’s far too little. The container cities are not new. According to research by RTL and the star, further recordings prove that they have existed at least since November 2021.
Zero Covid strategy is useless
According to scientists, China’s zero-Covid strategy is not possible with the omicron variant, which is spreading so quickly. Despite this, the communist country of China, for example, has locked down the city of Anyang, home to 5.5 million people, after two cases of the omicron variant were reported.
According to international media, anyone who does not behave in accordance with the measures, or who is suspected of being infected, will be put in such a forced camp. The government itself does not comment on the container cities. Without social media, the international public would probably not have found out about this until today. (lgr)
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