While the vast majority of Western countries have substantially reduced their restrictions against COVID-19, in China the extremes to which the regime has gone with these measures are surprising.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has not only placed millions of citizens in quarantine, but many of them are subjected to deprivations considered inhumane.
It has been proven that prolonged quarantine affects the mental health of those confined, and worse, the national economy deteriorates to the detriment of all.
People forced into quarantine must stay in their homes or in designated hotels, which they will then have to pay for, and they are not usually cheap.
They may also be held in a wide variety of accommodations, none of them comfortable, and some of them even bizarre. And they don’t even seem helpful in stopping the spread of the virus they are intended to prevent.
Chinese-born journalist Jennifer Zeng posted a video on October 20 that recently went viral. It shows precarious “quarantine booths” for people allegedly infected with the virus, set up in the city of Zhengzhou, Henan province.
They are cubicles of just over 9 square feet, lined with thin transparent plastic. Ventilation seeps in from the bottom, and there is no door or other access.
There is no furniture or toilet facilities of any kind. There are no blankets or no heating, no water or food; consider that China is now into the fall and that the temperature can drop to 41 F, or lower.
The people locked in these places can only stand or squat. A short video shows a long line of these booths, located along an avenue, with little distance between them.
It is assumed that these sites are only temporary facilities, with no certainty as to how long citizens will be forced to remain in them.
While the COVID statistics provided by the CCP, are insignificant, the reality is that the large hospitals are overwhelmed.
In fact, only three new cases were detected in Zhengzhou on October 16, but the city was locked down the following day as part of China’s ominous “zero-COVID” policy.
Zhengzhou is the capital of Henan province, the largest city, and it is home to more than 10 million people. The city is known for producing cell phones. The sector of the city that has been under siege since October 17 has about 1 million inhabitants.
Other shocking ‘inventions’
A few months ago, when the cold of the previous winter had just passed, small tents were often used as quarantine facilities.
These were also unsuitable. Moreover, when winds of a certain magnitude blew, many of them flew away and even ended up floating in nearby rivers, much to the disgrace of their users.
But each time, what should have been a process of quarantine that responds, at least, to common sense, ends up marked by disconcerting and even pathetic expressions.
For example, a video posted on Twitter by user @remonwangxt says, “A confirmed patient is removed from a home by crane to ensure zero contact during the isolation transfer process in one part of China.”
However, even more cruel than being kept in precarious quarantine is sleeping on a portable stretcher, enduring a temperature of 32 F, without water, food, or sanitary services.
This is the form of “quarantine” that is currently being applied in some places. One of the cases is in the Wanhui sector of the city of Lanzhou, capital of Gansu province, according to a video uploaded by @chvideonews on Twitter on October 25.
The method is commented on by the account, @TragedyInChina, “Lanzhou Wanhui wild shelter is below zero at night. Only the Lanzhou government can do such a thing!”
Much more critical is the situation of those contaminated with the virus in rural areas. A video posted on the internet shows a quarantine system that could take the top prize, if it were put to a contest.
The video shows many small circles marked in white powder on a rural road. Many people were trapped in each circle. In some of them there were even several people, perhaps members of the same family.
Controversial shelters on a larger scale
The Chinese regime has also installed large hospital spaces full of beds in various parts of the country; however, this does not necessarily mean that they contribute to the health and well-being of the people quarantined in them.
One of these gigantic rooms is located in the city of Lanzhou. Twitter user @xiaoxin11786630, added a message to the video, “Lanzhou Fengcai is comparable to a concentration camp, and the conditions are extremely poor. The night temperature is already below 10 degrees C.”
The subhuman conditions in these “field hospitals” have not improved since 2020, when the campaign against COVID-19 was launched.
Similar cases occurred in Wuhan city at that time, as recorded in tweets by Zeng, quoted by Twitter user, @alphacentauriii, who stated, “[2.7] Leaked video: Inside the newly built Fangcang hospital in Wuhan to quarantine coronavirus patients. No washrooms, no doctors (in three days), no one takes care of things. Later comers sleep on floor. English subtitles added. Source: Jennifer Zeng.”
But, without a doubt, some of the most hellish spectacles of the lockdowns were presented in April, in Shanghai.
After a month under strict lockdowns, the inhabitants of this large city were in despair. In many residential areas, frantic screams could be heard every night coming from tall buildings.
The madness of the nucleic acid tests
Another prevention process implemented by the CCP for every person in the country is the countless nucleic acid tests citizens must have, as soon as ordered, and at their own expense.
On October 24 alone, millions of Chinese were told to go to testing points to wait their turn in long lines, regardless of the weather or their own occupations. A video contributed by netizen, @xiaoxin11786630, shows the mobilization of citizens. “Millions of people lined up for nucleic acid tests … causing public grievances,” reads part of the tweet.
Likewise, Twitter user, @jefflee81258649, reported, “Fuzhou bar bursts with epidemic, millions of people take to the streets to do nucleic acid.”
He adds, “Just after the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the mainland added nearly 1,000 local cases in a single day, mainly in Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia.”
While the patience shown by the Chinese population constantly undergoing such harsh obligations is admirable, the big question remains: How long will they put up with it?
This question becomes even more intriguing when these are measures that are no longer imposed in the rest of the world. This opens up the controversy whether their motivations are more political than health-related.