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Residents in Short of Food Due to COVID Lockdowns

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Chinese residents in areas under acute COVID lockdowns are beginning to complain of a lack of food and other necessities.

Tens of millions of people have been told to stay inside during partial or complete lockdowns in at least 30 different regions.

Prior to the October meeting of the Communist party, authorities are frantically trying to quell local outbreaks.

Even if only a few cases are documented, China’s zero-COVID policy necessitates stringent lockdowns. China reported 949 new COVID cases on Monday, affecting the entire nation.

Rare public opposition from citizens has been sparked by the strategy, which is also being blamed for limiting economic expansion.

A weeks-long lockdown in the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture of Xinjiang, which is close to the border with Kazakhstan, has led to desperate inhabitants calling for assistance online.

One post included a video of an emotional Uyghur man lamenting the starvation of his three children for three days.

In Yining city, the capital of Ili, a shared web document with more than 300 urgent demands for food, medicine, and sanitary pads was widely disseminated.

Han Chinese, Kazakh, and Uyghur people all coexist in the area.

A long-awaited UN report released earlier this month charged China with “serious human rights breaches” against the Uyghurs and other primarily Muslim minorities in Xinjiang. More than a million Uyghurs, according to rights organizations, have been imprisoned against their will. Beijing claims that its camp network is a tool in the battle against terrorism.

500,000 people were left stranded at home in the southwest Guizhou province after authorities unexpectedly closed off a section of Guiyang, the provincial capital.

The Guardian newspaper stated that elevators were turned off in buildings to prevent people from leaving.

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Residents bemoaned their inability to buy things online because supermarkets are still closed, and there is no home delivery option. In the opinion of the locals, the government prefers to treat people like animals or wants them to perish.

The largest city to be placed under lockdown since Shanghai was subject to restrictions for two months earlier this year in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.

Only those who can provide proof of a negative COVID test are permitted out to purchase needs. The city’s 21 million inhabitants are not allowed to enter or leave.

Continued COVID Lockdowns

Following a significant heatwave in the area and an earthquake earlier this month, homeowners seeking to evacuate their homes were met with shut doors.

According to city officials, limitations in five city neighborhoods will be lifted on Monday.

The several prolonged lockdowns are taking place in advance of the National Party Congress in mid-October, a once-every-five-year gathering of the nation’s senior elected officials.

Even modest clusters of COVID are viewed as a threat since party leaders are under extreme pressure to ensure that the event goes off without a hitch.

As students from other regions returned, the Chinese media reported on Monday that a small number of cases were being found on university campuses in Beijing.

It is the final big economy in the world trying to completely eradicate COVID outbreaks, stating that doing so is crucial to stop the further spread of the virus that could overwhelm hospitals.

According to Johns Hopkins University, fewer than 15,000 fatalities have been officially reported in China since the outbreak started.

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