China is still sticking to its Zero-COVID policy despite its impact on people’s lives and the economy. The strict measures released by the government in the name of fighting the pandemic have become an obsession for every citizen.
On November 4, the Haizhu District Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters of Guangzhou City announced that from 0:00 on November 5 to 24:00 on November 7, authorities would strictly control the movement of people in the Haizhu District.
Accordingly, nucleic acid tests will be conducted for all residents. Non-essential businesses, dine-in services, and some transportation services will be suspended.
After the Haizhu authorities’ announcement, many people rushed to flee overnight. The DaJiYuan video shared on GanJing World shows a long line of traffic jams due to vehicles leaving the city at 11:30 p.m.
The mass escape of people had become a familiar image since the 20th national congress when the Beijing government said it would persist with the Zero-COVID policy.
When Jiang’an District in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, declared five days of silence from November 1 to 5, many locals hurried to purchase food and left the city at night on October 31.
In addition, there was another escape of many workers at the factory in Zhengzhou at the end of October when they were quarantined for many days and supplies were in short supply.