Beijing’s “Health Kit” (or Jiankang Bao), a mini health app related to China’s pandemic, was blamed for constantly sending “pop-up notifications,” causing people trouble. Most recently, dozens of Beijing’s central media reporters who traveled to Shanghai to cover the CIIE China International Import Expo were all sent “pop-up notifications.” They were unable to return to Beijing and had to get help from the Central Propaganda Department. But so far, there has been no reasonable response, which has aroused outside world interest.

Dozens of reporters who came to Shanghai could not go home

According to screenshots of the WeChat group titled “CIIE China International Import Expo,” reporters from central media including People’s Daily, Economic Daily, and China Daily News went to Shanghai to cover the expo. But then they were suspected of a compromised health status by the app “Health Kit” and were sent a “pop-up notification.” Therefore, they could not return to Beijing and had to send a letter asking for help.

One of the group pointed out, “Some of us reporters went to CIIE and were sent a ‘pop-up notification’ (3rd level warning) by ‘Health Kit.’ Can the Central Propaganda Department help with this problem?” Another said, “Same question, now all 72 people of People’s Daily who come to CIIE are sent ‘pop-up notifications’, followed by 3 emoticons of crying and laughing. 

Some members went on to say, “China Daily News is also full of ‘pop-up notifications’; “Economic Daily and China Women’s Daily staff have all been sent them too.”

The so-called “pop-up notification” is used by CCP officials, relying on mobile phone base stations in various places and they scan codes when people enter public places, to know locations of each person holding a cell phone, in order to prevent the spread of the virus. When it discovers that the mobile phone user’s location has a “time and place intersection” with COVID cases, a “pop-up notification” will appear on the mobile phone and tell the owner to immediately notify the local authorities and be sent home for quarantine. If you are outside the province, you can only stay where you are and wait for the “pop-up notification” to disappear before you can go home.

As we all know, the pandemic continues to spread throughout China. In order to strictly control it, officials continuously launch many applications that use health codes. The most rigorous application is “Beijing Health Kit.” If its “pop-up notification” doesn’t go away, people have basically no way to get in and out of public places.

Earlier, many people complained that they weren’t afraid of the virus but the notifications and it was harder to get in and out of Beijing than travel abroad. Screenshots posted on the internet also show more than 200,000 users complaining to the Beijing citizen hotline 12345 every day.

A “Second Red Generation” who could not go home angrily criticized the CCP and was deleted the post

In addition to the case of dozens of reporters being collectively “warned” by “pop-up notifications.”, a famous “Hong er dai” or “second red generation” in China, Tao Siliang, 81 years old, deputy president of the China Mayors Association, recently revealed her troubles with the “pop-up notification.” She criticized the use of such review data as unprofessional, and that the “Beijing Health Kit” was fundamentally inconsistent with the state’s regulations on “precise pandemic prevention.” The term second generation red refers to the sons and daughters of Chinese political elites. 

As described by Tao on the WeChat public account “Tiandao Hesheng” on ​​November 5, she and her husband recently traveled to Huzhou, Zhejiang, to attend some activities. Although Huzhou has no pandemic risk zone, she was still prohibited from returning to Beijing because she got a “pop-up notification.” It turned out that the warning pop-up was supposed to post an announcement from the Health Kit app, “Based on your travel data, you may be involved in risk areas outside Beijing. … There is time and place related, need to conduct risk control, within seven days, if there is no history of stay in counties and cities related to the pandemic, you can re-register for the green code.”

As a result, she wrote complaints countless times for two consecutive days, and called the public service hotline dozens of times until late at night, but to no avail.

Tao commented that Huzhou had no new cases for 21 days and there were no high-risk areas in the whole region, while Beijing as of November 3 had 20 high-risk areas, 28 medium-risk areas, and 32 new cases. In this case, “Why can you only leave Beijing and you’re not allowed in? It’s like blocking a dam in a flooded area to prevent water from flowing in. It can’t be said that this is a scientific pandemic measure. She couldn’t help but ask if this is in line with the state’s strategy of “precise pandemic prevention”?

The strangest thing is, Tao said that her husband did not get the “pop-up notification,” so she wanted him to go back to Beijing first. But several times they were unable to buy tickets. They were told repeatedly that due to pandemic restrictions they weren’t allowed to buy tickets to Beijing at that time.

China’s latest report is controversial

It is worth mentioning that under the CCP’s extreme pandemic measures, China’s pandemic is becoming more and more serious. According to the latest report released by the Health and Medical Commission, as of November 5, there were just over 6,300 confirmed cases and up to 4,000 asymptomatic cases in November, accounting for 60% of the COVID-19 infected population. Many experts and scholars cannot help but state that the “zero-COVID” policy that officials have long persisted is completely futile. In addition, after extreme pandemic restrictions caused public discontent, the Chinese Health and Medical Commission held a press conference on November 5 to specifically mention that the arbitrary “coding” or “pop up notification” causes employees to have travel restrictions. Corrections are in the works, but it seems to be fruitless at this point.

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