The Shanghai State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration ( SASAC) issued a notice to corporate regulatory organizations on June 7. The notification called for donations from party members and cadres in the SASAC system to support the fight against the Covid epidemic.

The news made netizens comment that they were suspicious of the government’s finances. A Weibo user named Dddjkbajo wrote: “Speechless, Shanghai still needs donations? Because of the epidemic, other cities have closed down so many small businesses, because of the epidemic, for ordinary workers even basic wages are difficult to get.”

Another netizen said that Shanghai had just earned 83.5 billion from land sales on June 8. If Shanghai has to donate money, what about other cities?

Additionally, Yueqing, Zhejiang, and Heze, Shandong launched donation activities. According to Wenzhou News Network, on June 7, Yueqing City held a “Charity One Day Donation” activity with the theme of “Gathering Charity Power and Helping CommonWealth.” They have raised a total of 3.8 million yuan so far.

Yuehan, a Shandong resident, said to RFA that most donations were used for disaster relief, which doesn’t compare with the situation for nucleic acid testing. They must do routine nucleic acid testing every four days, and they are refused entry to public places if there is no 24-hour nucleic acid report.

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