China’s coronavirus lockdown in Shanghai, which began in full on April 5 and applies to all of the city’s roughly 26 million people, has caused “doubt, anxiety and fatigue” among the population of the financial center, the Chinese state-owned company world times acknowledged on Friday.
The April 15 newspaper detailed two particularly tragic examples of plummeting public morale in Shanghai in recent days, writing:
A recording of a phone call has gone viral of a desperate old man from Shanghai’s Xuhui district asking the community committee for help when he lacked medicine and food. In another sad story, a public health official in the city’s Hongkou district reportedly died by suicide after he, like many other local officials, fought tirelessly against the Omicron outbreak.
the world times said he interviewed “a dozen Shanghai residents from at least five districts” on April 14 and learned that they had all faced adversity in recent weeks. The various difficulties included “food shortages, the delayed transfer of their infected neighbors to places of collective quarantine and the chaotic management of the daily demands of residents in certain neighborhoods [by local Communist Party officials].”
Shanghai’s latest Chinese coronavirus outbreak is believed to have started in early March, according to the Communist Party, and the city government ordered all schools to close indefinitely on March 12. The metropolis has seen its outbreak of the disease worsen in the month since then, resulting in local Communist Party officials forcing Shanghai into stricter lockdown levels as the situation progressed. The Party sealed off half of Shanghai for five straight days from March 28 to April 5 to conduct mass testing for the Chinese coronavirus. The Shanghai government extended the partial shutdowns indefinitely to include all of Shanghai in a surprise announcement released to the public just hours before the initial measure expired on April 5.
The Chinese Communist Party’s inability to properly plan or execute Shanghai’s total lockdown has been exposed in recent days through anecdotal accounts shared on Chinese social media platforms, such as Weibo, by Shanghai residents. The leaked information, which Communist Party censors apparently worked to erase from the internet, details dire circumstances residents were forced to endure, such as near-starvation.
Videos that appear to capture Shanghai residents screaming in despair from the open windows or balconies of their high-rise apartments have gone viral online in recent days.
As seen on Weibo: Shanghai residents take to their balconies to sing and protest the lack of supplies. A drone appears: “Please observe covid restrictions. Control your soul’s desire for freedom. Don’t open the window and don’t sing. https://t.co/0ZTc8fznaV pic.twitter.com/pAnEGOlBIh
— Alice Su (@aliceysu) April 6, 2022
Main correspondent in China for the Economist Alice Su shared such a video on her official Twitter account on April 5. She subtitle the clip, “As seen on Weibo: Shanghai residents go to their balconies to sing and protest the lack of supplies. A drone appears: “Please respect covid restrictions. Control your soul’s desire for freedom. Don’t open the window and don’t sing.
Breitbart News cannot independently verify the video footage shared by Su.