Shanghai: Covid-19: An elderly Shanghai woman’s quarantine test sparks outrage

SHANGHAI: The treatment of a 92-year-old Shanghai woman who was sent into late-night quarantine has sparked anger in China, underscoring the frustration many feel under the nation’s strict Covid Zero rules.
Police and local officials had a locksmith open the door to the apartment occupied by the woman and her son at around 2 a.m. Tuesday when no one answered their calls, the local government said in an official social media account. They acted because they feared “an accident” and said the couple “voluntarily went downstairs” so they could go to an isolation center.
The woman and son then spent hours sitting in a hallway because the quarantine site they were sent to had no beds, Caixin Global reported, citing a relative. The government said the two were sent to an isolation center around 3 a.m., where they were given beds, daily necessities and health checks. He did not give the full names of the people involved.
The incident was the subject of widespread discussion on China’s internet on Wednesday, with a hashtag for the government statement garnering nearly 27 million views. Many people questioned why anyone, let alone an elderly woman, would have to be quarantined late at night. One person described the official explanation as “laughable.”
Shanghai posted a new daily record for Covid19 cases as much of China’s financial hub remains under some form of movement restrictions.
About two-thirds of the city’s 25 million residents have been locked down for three weeks, and the experience has worn them down. People have had trouble getting food, medical treatment and information about how the ordeal ends. They have also complained of receiving deliveries of substandard or expired food, especially meats. The local government pledged on Thursday to address any violations related to food quality during the outbreak.
Residents of China’s most cosmopolitan city, home to the country’s largest stock market and major financial institutions, have clashed with police over the opening of isolation centers near them, and the government has censored videos of protests that broke out in residential complexes. The US consulate ordered all its non-essential personnel to leave China during the lockdown, widening the gap between Beijing and Washington.
Shanghai has gone to great lengths to build isolation facilities and makeshift hospitals for hundreds of thousands of people. The city has turned exhibition halls, indoor arenas and schools into quarantine centers, and luxury hotels have been asked to give up rooms. Facilities were also being built in neighboring Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces to serve up to 60,000 people from Shanghai.

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