Ground Report | New Delhi: Covid metal boxes in China; People contracting COVID-19 in China are being forcibly confined in narrow metal boxes with videos of quarantine camps that are going viral on social media.
China largely controlled its initial outbreak with a combination of lockdowns, border closures, and massive testing, but a spike in COVID-19 in some major cities just weeks before the Beijing Winter Olympics is a cause for serious. concern for the communist country.
Few residents of closed cities recounted their ordeal to the BBC saying they were part of a “great transfer” of thousands of people to the camps. Pregnant women, children and the elderly have also been sent to camps in Xi’an, central China’s Shaanxi province, and forced to stay there for up to two weeks.
Videos that are going viral on social media show people living in small metal boxes with wooden beds and attached toilets.
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According to a report in the Daily Mail, 20 million have been confined to their homes in China and cannot leave the house or buy food. The Mail reported that 5.5 million people in China’s Anyang were locked up on Monday night after two cases of the omicron variant were reported.
According to a Xinhua report, Xi’an reported 13 new confirmed locally transmitted COVID-19 cases on Monday. The city had recorded 2,017 local cases amid the latest resurgence. Of these, 417 had recovered by Monday.
The city began a new round of massive tests in key areas at 9 a.m. Tuesday to further slow the spread of the virus, said Lyu Yongpeng, deputy director of the city’s health commission.
On Saturday, Xi’an lowered the ratings of five COVID-19 medium risk areas to low risk. The city currently has a total of three high-risk areas and 55 medium-risk areas. Meanwhile, a leading epidemiologist projected that another major resurgence in the number of COVID-19 cases in Xi’an is unlikely.