Chongqing and Sichuan endure chaos; Pregnant woman faints while lining up for COVID test

As Chinese state media reported, wildfires broke out last week in the forests of Chongqing and Sichuan due to the drought. Since then, locals have endured a series of difficulties: high temperatures, drought, power cuts, and wildfires.

The Central Meteorological Observatory issued an orange alert for high temperatures on Wednesday, August 24th. In parts of eastern Sichuan, Chongqing, eastern Jiangxi, western Fujian, and other places, the highest temperature can exceed 104℉.

Recently, Chongqing’s authorities ordered 10 million people living in the central areas to undergo COVID tests starting Wednesday. The move came after a spike in COVID cases reported in various parts of the city.

Under the scorching heat waves of more than 104℉, Chongqing citizens lined up in long queues, waiting to take COVID tests.

A woman who was suspected to be pregnant even fainted.

Even a child fainted while waiting in the intense heat.

According to VOA News, at the end of Wednesday’s testing, only two COVID-positive cases were found.

Sichuan extended electricity restrictions to some industrial users until August 25th. The action came as the province attempted to guarantee electricity for residential use. However, the power shortage continues.

Residents in Dazhou, Sichuan, gathered on the bridge late at night to enjoy the cool air due to the power crunch.

There are no lights in stores.

Also, there are no lights in underground parking lots.

Many subways have also gone dark.

The escalator lights in the subway station are also unlit. Some are not even working.

As France 24 reported, authorities in the southwestern megacity of Chongqing announced on Monday that all shopping malls could only operate daily between 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm. In addition, the opening hours would be shortened starting Monday to ease power demand until the “temperature and supply-demand situation” changes.

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