On September 27, the local authorities transferred pregnant women, infants, and their accompanying family members in Jianmin Hospital to the Guiguo Middle School dormitory in Zhijin County, Bijie City, Guizhou Province. The isolation centers were in bad condition, the shared toilets had inconvenient bathing, and the poor maternal diet caused a mother to want to jump off the building.

Recently Zhijin authorities forcibly moved many mothers and infants from the hospital before isolating men and women jointly in secondary schools. 

Chinese-language media Da Ji Yuan cited Xiaoli (pseudonym), a villager in Huaqi Town, Zhijin County. Since September 3, the Zhijin authorities have prevented residents from shopping in the markets. On September 5, they prohibited all streets in Huaqi Town of the County.

Xiaoli said regime authorities did not allow isolation at home. Also, the maternity patients did not receive discharge certificates from the hospital when they were all forcibly taken to quarantine.

According to Xiaoli, Guiguo Middle School isolated more than 200 people.

On September 25, there were more than 40 people. They were from Chinese medicine hospitals, Maternal and Child Health Hospitals, and the Zhijin hospital. They either gave birth to children or had been discharged from Chinese medicine hospitals. Due to the “zero-COVID” policy, they were locked there and unable to return home. 

Xiaoli gave birth to her baby in the Zhijin County Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine on September 18. The next day, personnel transferred her to the Jianmin Hospital for isolation. On September 25, her isolation changed to quarantine at the Guiguo Middle School. Her newborn baby and her mother-in-law went with her. 

Xiaoli said she stayed in a male dormitory that had broken bathing facilities. There was a large bucket outside the dormitory for heating hot water. She didn’t dare to take a shower since arriving there. Toilets are all shared, regardless of gender.

Xiaoli complained the food was not good. It had no oil or water. She had been eating boiled eggs or cabbage, which had just a few bones, from when she gave birth to September 26.

She said, “I cried and wanted to jump off the building yesterday, but I can’t help it.” She added, “The adults are okay. You can bear it. What if the child gets sick and catches a cold? It’s more convenient to send us home for quarantine. Let me go back, and it’s okay not to go out for a month or two.”

According to Xiaoli, they needed both sides’ approvals for their release. First, the principal township officials issued and signed a certificate. Then, the isolation center personnel reported it to the county-level headquarters. Only after they approve can the quarantine centers release anyone.

Due to the “zero-COVID” policy, Xiao Li’s husband was trapped in Shenzhen. And her mother-in-law accompanied her in isolation. Her father-in-law was in poor health and could not take care of the children, but now there were two children at home to care for, including a four-month-old. 

Da Ji Yuan cited Xiao Wang (pseudonym) from Maochang Town, Zhijin County. The room had two bunk beds, including four iron beds. They measured around 4 feet by 6 feet. Six people were crammed into such a small room—two mothers, their babies, and their family members.

“It’s poor for the women who gave birth during the month. And the babies who have just been born a few days. …” 

He said, at first, there was only one quilt for a bed. Then, the mother’s family member asked for more quilts because it was too cold. They refused but later told them to get quilts in the evening.

Xiao Wang said, “The maternity cases eat egg soup, as well as cabbage soup and ribs. There are not many ribs. They are two or three bones.”

Da Ji Yuan cited Xiaoyan (pseudonym), who said the inexperienced person in charge caused many people to be infected during the transit.

She said her family had done seven nucleic acid tests, all of which were negative. Then, on September 16, she and her mother took the transit to other counties in Bijie City for isolation. On the vehicle, there was a lady who had close contact with two positive cases.

On September 18, the close contact tested positive. The next day, she was transported to the Fangcang shelter hospital for isolation. 

Xiaoyan said on September 20, her mother tested positive, and was transferred to the Third People’s Hospital. In the following days, her little nephew, her grandparents, her two aunts, and her second grandmother were all transferred to the Fangcang shelter hospital one after the other. 

She said hospital conditions were not good. Her mother’s symptoms were a bit serious. So she asked the doctor for water to drink. And the doctor said, “There is no water at the moment.”

Xiaoyan said, “There are many people (infected) like this, not only our family, but my friend said they were all infected during the transfer process.”

She also told Da Ji Yuan, “We sent the relevant information to the group of friends, and now my brother’s WeChat has been monitored by the Internet police. The police station called them and asked them to delete the video, saying it was illegal.”

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