China’s ‘zero COVID’ policy involves widespread lockdowns, travel restrictions and mass testing. Up to now, China is the only major country in the world that still pursues that policy. Its strategy to curb the virus transmission causes repeated disruption of social and economic activity.

The country’s ‘zero COVID’ policy has caused negative impacts on people’s livelihood, resulting in a large number of other humanitarian disasters.

A recent video uploaded on Twitter on November 29 shows a pregnant woman reportedly giving birth on the road at the gate of the People’s Hospital of Gulin County, Luzhou City, Sichuan Province.

The caption of the post read: 

“At the entrance of Gulin People’s Hospital:

This woman was about to give birth, and the hospital said she had to do a nucleic acid test before she could go in, but she couldn’t bear it anymore, and she gave birth on the street while standing!”

In this regard, many netizens expressed their anger below the video:

“In the eyes of those in power, the life of ordinary people is lower than that of animals. Even if animals give birth, they will find a quiet and comfortable place to give birth quietly.”

“The people of this country are so pathetic.”

Another wrote: Who forced pregnant women in October to take off their pants and stand in the cold wind in November? Abandoning all dignity and shame, she can only give birth to children on the street like wild cats and dogs? ….

Several accounts of women giving on the streets also happened across the mainland. The reasons were mainly due to lack of negative COVID tests for hospital admission.

PCR testing has become routine for Chinese people, many test providers that have benefited financially from this.

According to Bloomberg News, a number of testing companies have gone public this year. Jiangsu CoWin Biotech Co. reported a profit gain of 68% last quarter. 

According to industry publication OFweek, ten of the largest listed virus-testing companies saw a combined net profit of 16.3 billion yuan ($2.3 billion) as of June 30.

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