Many tragedies are coming to light in a country that still upholds a zero-COVID policy. 

A woman from Xinjiang region recently pleaded for medical aid on Weibo, but her post was promptly deleted. 

According to screenshots published on October 14, one person claimed to be the wife of a police officer. When the city of Ürümqi went into a lockdown in August, her husband was working on the front line of the pandemic. He began to suffer from a high fever in September. 

The woman managed to get her husband out of the quarantine site and took him to a hospital for treatment. The initial place could not handle the illness, so the policeman was transferred to another hospital’s respiratory intensive care unit. 

The man’s condition only worsened. He began to suffer from severe pneumonia and respiratory failure. By October, his condition was considered life-threatening.

The woman, who put her last hope for help on the internet, said she had tried her best to find a better place for her husband’s treatment but to no avail. Chinese media report that the post was quickly removed from Weibo as of October 15. The account also disappeared from the platform.

Our channel has not been able to verify the story. However, in Beijing’s pursuit of zero COVID, any negative online content against the current policy is censored instantly. The outcasted are a mix of fake and authentic. Most of the time, unfounded claims are publicly warned, while complaints are definitively silenced.

Associated with Xinjiang’s lockdown are outcries of people dying either of starvation or lack of medical treatment. Radio Free Asia reported in September that at one point, at least 22 people died of starvation on the same day during the arduous lockdown. 

The region, with a population of 22 million, is also one of the most notorious places with records of human rights abuses by China.

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