While most countries in the world have already moved on from COVID and started living with it, China still living on medieval beliefs of a “zero-covid” policy.
So, on Tuesday, after detecting four cases of COVID-19, China announced to shut down the Wuhan district, pushing nearly 1 million into severe lockdown.
There is no country in the world that can compare China’s draconian lockdown policies.
According to local media reports, the city of 9,70,000 people will be unable to visit bars, restaurants, movie halls, places of worship, schools, and colleges.
Further, the authorities also suspended all public transport, including buses and the subway. In addition, the Wuhan administration directed people not to leave home unless “absolutely necessary,” adhering to China’s controversial ‘zero-COVID’ policy.
The round of lockdowns is the first in Wuhan since the city imposed restrictions for 76 days starting in January 2020, when the city was the world’s epicenter for the COVID-19 pandemic.
More details of this report from ‘The Post Millenial’:
Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, has locked down a district of nearly one million people since discovering four asymptomatic cases, under the country’s strict zero-COVID policy.
Officials in Wuhan’s district of Jiangxia, which is home to over 970,000 people, announced Wednesday that they would enforce three days of “temporary control measures.” According to the Wall Street Journal, public venues such as bars and theaters would be closed, but the restrictions don’t stop there. Small clinics, farmer’s markets, tourist attractions, public transportation and all places of religious worship alike were shut down. Residents were instructed to not leave the district unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Even further, authorities have also identified four “high-risk” neighborhoods in Jiangxia where residents are completely banned from leaving their homes. Another four neighborhoods were categorized as medium-risk, meaning that residents may leave their individual homes but not their compounds.
Many of China’s wealthier citizens are now seeking to flee the country as a result of the policies, and China’s economic activity has stunted significantly, with second quarter GDP growth coming in at just 0.4%, underperforming expectations and the lowest rate since the first quarter of 2020 when the first lockdowns hit the country.
This is what life has become in China since Wuhan initial Covid outbreak
A green QR code is needed to access public transportation, stores or to go to work. That means your Covid test can’t be older than 48 hours. Keeping it current cost each person 50 a month in testing fees pic.twitter.com/lY8P0NlncH
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