Lhasa, Tibet, has a population of 800,000. An estimated quarter of the population has been infected with COVID and is isolated in makeshift hospitals. In addition, there is information that many buses are ferrying people to quarantine. It is said to be an attempt to wipe out COVID before the CCP’s 20th National Congress. Still, the incident has caused cross-contamination between negative and positive cases, causing the number of infected people to increase. In addition, a witness at the isolation area said that the community enforcers did not allow them to eat because they tested positive.
Zhang Qing, a Lhasa resident, told The Epoch Times on September 16, “The official report of 60 new cases daily is absurd. More than 60 people are being dragged to quarantine every day.”
Yi Xun (pseudonym), who is stranded in Shigatse, also questioned the official number of infected people in Tibet, claiming that all the announcements in the local government’s press conferences are fake.
People are bussed to quarantine at midnight
Zhang Qing, who lives in the Bayi community, Chengguan District, Lhasa city, has been isolated in the company dormitory since August 2. More than 40 days had passed, and she felt the Lhasa situation was worsening.
She said: “This afternoon on September 16 in Chengguan District, many residents in our community were dragged to quarantine by over a dozen rickshaws. Many of my colleagues, including Tibetans and the Han, were dragged away.”
She added that the community would call those people who tested positive during the day to quarantine at night. In a community, it only takes two or three positive cases for the whole building to be bussed to quarantine. Young people can still bear it, but the elderly and children greatly suffer.
Intense centralized isolation means more cross-infection
Zhao, who lives in Chengguan District, told The Epoch Times on September 16 that Lhasa’s population is only 800,000. According to sources, 200,000 people, or a quarter of the population here, have been infected. In Shigatse, everyone was bussed to isolation cabins.
Zhao said that Lhasa originally had more than a dozen cabins, built before the outbreak, and each could accommodate about 1,000 or 2,000 people. However, more and more people are infected, and the suburbs are starting to build more cabins, but the number of people sent to quarantine is too large; the cabins can’t be built in time, so they even requisition some schools.
She said there are three large cabins in Lhasa, some of which can hold about 10,000 people. But now that they are full, residents are being sent to other counties for isolation. Therefore, Zhao is very skeptical about the official data.
She said that at a junction in the vibrant commercial district of downtown Lhasa, in the original vibrant business district of Karma Gongsang Street, a protest was reported recently. Zhao said that Karma Gongsang was the first street to be locked down by the pandemic, and there were a lot of infections there. They have not had food for more than ten days. A friend of hers called the community, and they said because the residents tested positive, they were not feeding them.
Shigatse has deplorable isolation conditions
Yi Xun, stranded in Shigatse, told The Epoch Times on September 15 that he planned to travel from Nanchong, Sichuan, to Ali to help relatives do business. He reached Lhasa but was stranded in Shigatse on his way to Ali. At first, he stayed at a free isolation hotel with boxed lunches. However, after he tested positive, he had no way to ask to be tested again. So they dragged him straight to a cabin for isolation.
He said: “The conditions inside were not as expected. The cabin was built in the garage of a middle school and turned into a makeshift hospital. Beds were close together, and negative people stayed with positive people. Thousands of people stay together every day. When you take a nucleic acid test, even if you are negative, you will be positive.” But, he added, “There are too many people. You cannot shower, cannot use public toilets, the environment is terrible, and no one cares about the people in quarantine.”