The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) resolute “zero-COVID” policy had repeatedly created tragedies when significant cities were in lockdown. A few days ago, people in Xining, the capital of Qinghai province, China, appealed for help online, accusing the CCP of starving many people in the isolated area and not allowing them to go to the doctor.

After the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, many places continued to experience outbreaks. As a result, Xining city, its districts, and affiliated cities have recently strengthened closures and controls.

Chengbei district ordered the closure on October 21, asking all residents in the community to “work from home” and “residents not to go out unless necessary.”

On October 23, Tay Ninh city continued to categorize the city’s eastern, western, and northern districts as “high-risk areas” and “medium-risk areas.” Simultaneously, lockdown measures, including asking people to stay at home and “not leave the area,” have been implemented.

In the past few days, local netizens have used the hashtag “# Pandemic Prevention in Xining #” on Weibo to complain about the tragic situation of Xining people during the lockdown. In addition, some netizens lamented that the tragedy was repeated from Wuhan, Xian, Shanghai, and Guiyang to Xining.

Photos shared by netizens in Xining show that many residential buildings were closed with doors blocked by iron bars.

In addition, authorities locked down many districts and counties, and many stores were closed, making shopping even more difficult for people. There are also seriously ill older adults suddenly locked at home without medical treatment, falling into despair. Netizens sighed, “Everybody has a hard life.”

On October 26, an article on the WeChat public account named Huicheng Wusi continued to voice up on behalf of Xining.

The article first mentions a case where a local netizen called for help on behalf of his grandfather, who lived alone while his health condition was not good, and he could only eat soft foods such as cakes and steamed buns. This netizen asked a person living in the same city to deliver food to his grandfather. However, the old man passed away with his last words: “I have not eaten a full meal before leaving. I cannot see my relatives for the last time. I am alone at the funeral home.”

Perhaps because of fear, netizens did not dare to use the word “starvation” in this article.

The article also said that there are photos from Xining showing street cleaners stuck in public toilets, and people can only deliver food through the window. 

Netizens also complained that some parents and children were forcibly separated due to epidemic control and traffic congestion. Some people arrived at their homes only to be stopped at the gates of their residential areas.

In addition, there are dozens of migrant workers on Xining construction sites with no food, though no one cares. They called CCP agencies but no one answered. They ordered food on the delivery platform, but the food never arrived.

A high school student shared that she had to care for her sick mother, grandfather, and grandmother; her father in Hainan was forbidden to go out. As a result, she burst into tears during family video calls.

Another photo shows the price of fresh food in Xining has skyrocketed, the cost of Chinese cabbage in a supermarket is almost $7 (over 49 yuan), and the cost of purple cabbage is about $6.50 ( nearly 47 yuan). Local netizens also posted long articles online, accusing Xining of not having clear official information about the pandemic and that authorities at all levels and communities acted on their own. The chaotic anti-epidemic measures led to the situation of distraught people everywhere in the city.

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