Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, located in China’s Yunnan province. Starting from 2 p.m. on October 4, Xishuangbanna was suddenly put under lockdown without advanced notice. In a high-risk area in Gaozhuang, some residents have fled the lockdown.

According to Chinese media Xin Tang Ren, the so-called static management was put into place in Jinghong City’s Gao Zhuang Xishuangjing and Huafu Apartments on October 3 due to COVID outbreaks.

Jinghong City was closed on October 4 starting at 8:30 p.m. Two days later, it was reported that some people fled the city carrying both big and small bags.

Ms. Wang, a merchant in Xishuangbanna, said:

Now the high-risk areas of Gaozhuang are closed
The pandemic situation is now increasing every day
There have always been [screenings for COVID cases], so of course they won’t let you go.

Gao Zhuang residents went out over the wall

After they were caught, [authorities] made them come back over the wall exactly the same way

Today, people in Gao Zhuang are not allowed to go out freely.

At 2:00 pm on October 4th, high-speed trains, flights, and highways in Jinghong City were all suspended. A large number of passengers were trapped as a result.

Hundreds of tourists were stopped from boarding their flights. According to unverified videos on the internet, armed pandemic officers were dispatched to control the crowds at the airport. 

Despite the authorities’ promise about free accommodation, many tourists revealed that they had to cover the cost of the quarantine hotel on their own dime. Some people could not afford it.

A female tourist who was trapped at Xishuangbanna Airport shared a video on social media about her situation. She said that her friend was stranded in Gao Zhuang and had to stay in a high-priced hotel that cost more than 1,000 yuan (about $140) per night.

The female tourist is not in any risk area. However, when she went to the airport, the local government did not allow more than 100 passengers to board their flights or leave the airport.

The region’s party chief, Sun Shaocheng, said in a briefing on October 1 that authorities would curb transmissions by “killing chickens using a knife for killing cows.” The phrase implies using excessive efforts for a small task.

According to Sun, the move is to prevent the infections from spreading to Beijing.

This week’s National Day holiday experienced a spike in COVID cases. There are concerns that Covid curbs may be used more widely in the lead up to the Party Congress.

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