Shanghai residents shout from high-rise buildings as lockdown stretches into second week


As Shanghai enters the second week of strict COVID lockdowns, a video went viral on social media showing frustrated residents screaming from the windows of their high-rise buildings.

In what looks like a scene from a dystopian horror movie, it appears the government responded to the cries from the window by sending a drone broadcasting a message asking residents to shut up and comply with restrictions.

Shanghai is currently in the midst of its biggest COVID outbreak in two years with more than 26,000 new cases reported there on Sunday. The city entered full lockdown on April 5 as part of China’s “zero-COVID” policy, which aims to completely eradicate the virus by implementing citywide lockdowns to limit outbreaks.

The city one 25 million inhabitants are forbidden to leave their homes during the confinement, and it has become increasingly difficult to buy food. Most residents ordered food through delivery apps or through government-provided rations, but it proved difficult to obtain this food due to high demand.

Last week, the country’s largest e-commerce platform, Alibaba, announced that all individual deliveries would be postponed for seven days. Residents began buying groceries in bulk through bulk orders and sharing them with neighbors at discounted rates.

“You can only buy through groups now, because [individual stores] just can’t deliver anymore,” a resident Told Fortune Last week.

A video went viral last week of a resident waking up as early as 5.30am trying to get a delivery. 2F07%2Fshanghai-lockdown-covid-starving-food-dog-killed-drone%2F

Lack of food isn’t the only thing that has Shanghai residents shouting from their balconies in protest at the continued shutdowns. Residents Told Fortune last week they are more afraid of China’s COVID-zero measures than of the virus itself.

A viral video from the city last week showed a Chinese health worker dressed in protective gear beat a pet dog to death. According to China Weekly News. The images have gone viral on Weibomany noting that the killing was cruel and unnecessary.

The macabre clip shows the COVID prevention officer chasing the dog down the street before hitting it multiple times with a shovel, killing it.

And the pictures of a overload Shanghai facility used to house children who test positive for COVID has gone viral Weibo last weekend, according to Reuters. Relatives in Shanghai before Told Fortune that they feared being forcibly separated from their children if they tested positive.

Since then, the city has announced that it is relaxing the rules and allowing some parents quarantine with their children.

The number of cases in Shanghai is on the rise and the lockdowns are unlikely to end any time soon.
Sunday’s 26,087 new positive cases were an all-time high, according to Bloomberg.

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