Residents compared being locked down in one of the world’s most densely populated countries to the penal system.

The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) pandemic restrictions are so harsh people have started regarding themselves as jail inmates.

“It was like a prison,” Shanghai resident Coco Wang said, according to Reuters.

Wang revealed she is more concerned about the CCP’s authoritarian zero-COVID strategy than the virus itself.

“We are not afraid of the virus; we are afraid of this policy,” she said, according to the newswire agency.

The strict policy has already forced up to 59 million people into isolation following Beijing’s recent decision to lock down parts of the nation’s capital.