Shenzhen tightens Zero-covid, immigrants flee with blankets at night

Recently, the COVID-19 epidemic has resurfaced in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China, and local infections have been found daily. Many communities issue urgent notices to try to quell the outbreak as soon as possible. Lockdown and control on the spot is the immediate response to any infection. Districts forcibly block people from leaving their homes, causing inconvenience and difficulty in people’s lives. Some residents shouted, “Hey, it’s really hard!”

On June 25, the official website of the Shenzhen Municipal Health Commission said that in the 24 hours of June 24, five new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Shenzhen (one of which was asymptomatic), and two cases of non-symptomatic immigration (1 case from the Philippines and the rest from the Democratic Republic of the Congo).

Local infections mainly involve four streets and 17 locations in the Luohu district, including many supermarkets, convenience stores, and markets.

After the pandemic reemerged, Shenzhen officials urgently made a policy to prevent the epidemic from spreading because of people entering Shenzhen. Here are some of the regulations in that policy, posted by the Shenzhen Municipal Health Committee.

“Beginning on June 24, entering the city’s transportation terminals, including airports, train stations, bus stations, subway stations, and the use of public transportation, including subways, buses, taxis as well as entering limited public areas, etc, must have a 48-hour negative nucleic acid test certificate or a 24-hour nucleic acid sampling certificate.”

Shenzhen’s policy is to conduct concentrated quarantine for seven days and a seven-day home quarantine for those who come (or return) to Shenzhen from high-risk areas and areas with Macau’s red or yellow health codes.

People from middle-risk areas and cities with an outbreak in the community will be quarantined for seven days plus seven days. In addition, nucleic acid tests will be performed on days one, three, seven, and 14, and people are not to go back to work and school during seven days of self-isolation.

People from provinces and cities with symptomatic cases who come or return to Shenzhen need to take a nucleic acid test 3 times in 7 days. The first on day one, then days three and seven. They are not to return to work or school for the first three days unless necessary. 

Those who arrive or return to Shenzhen from cities and towns where domestic cases were reported are to take a nucleic acid test on day one and then on day three. In addition, Hong Kong visitors who come or return to Shenzhen and other foreign visitors who come to Shenzhen must strictly quarantine for 14 days plus seven-day home quarantine.

At the same time, some communities in Shenzhen made an urgent announcement, requiring all community members to conduct a nucleic acid test or a community lockdown and control. If there is an infection, all community residents must stay together.

The Shenzhen Municipal Health Commission’s Weibo has consistently posted lockdown and control announcements, such as Luohu district, Futian district, etc.

Twitter account @wenjun7011 posted photos showing the committee of Shangsha Community, Shantou Street, Futian District, Shenzhen, issued a notice of nucleic acid testing for all residents from June 22 to July 1.

The Tongguan community, Yuehai Street, and Nanshan Street announced on June 22 the temporary lockdown of related buildings.

Fuan Community, Futian District, announced on June 22 the temporary implementation of the Xinhua Insurance Building after discovering one case. As a result, residents in the area were requested only to enter but not come out.

The community on Nanwan Street in the Longgang district announced on June 22 the discovery of a positive case in the Yuling Garden area, requiring all residents to be quarantined at home.

The current situation of Shenzhen’s epidemic requires being blocked and controlled on the spot if there is any positive case. Residents also need a certificate of nucleic acid sampling within 24 hours when they go home.

A YouTube video shows that in the Fudian district, there are many police at the scene, blocking crossroads. As a result, many people wanting to go out were stopped.

The video says, “Prevention and control of Shenzhen’s epidemic outbreak have been upgraded again, Futian has begun to shut down the village, and the community can only enter, people are surrounded! In addition, the next door building has been sealed off for the fifth time this year.”

One woman said that Shenzhen Airport and some communities had changed the 72-hour green health code to a 48-hour one, but the source of the epidemic is unknown.

A scene in a community showed, “The epidemic is serious, please present a certificate of nucleic acid sampling in 24 hours upon passing the community checkpoint.” A man complained, “Hey, this is very hard!”

On this matter, many netizens responded, “We will not stop until the national economy and people’s livelihoods collapse, we will not give up. Let’s all lay up, it is really meaningless.”

“I can’t do anything for the people. There are disasters everywhere. Dictatorial Party, disasters everywhere. If you’re lucky enough to be alive in this country, have fun!”

“I really don’t understand why the city was shut down. I didn’t see any help. No matter how many times the nucleic acid test was done, it is nonsense.”

“The epidemic is long past, but the prevention policy is not over …The epidemic does not die but the people die. The origin of the epidemic is from Zhongnanhai.”

The account @Lsmj678990 on June 24 tweeted, “Some villages in Longgang, Futian of Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, have been re-blocked. Extensive nucleic acid testing has started again, the entire nation is responsible for preventing the epidemic.”

In the video posted by the account, there are many employees in medical suits and long lines of people taking nucleic acid tests.

The account @TragedyInChina posted many clips saying, “Gangsha, Shenzhen, many places were blocked by the epidemic, and young people ran away overnight with blankets!”

“On June 23, Gangsha community in Shenzhen was closed. Immigrant workers with luggage ran away and lived a very precarious life.”

Shenzhen Dongmen Old Town is very crowded. Now many prosperous stores are empty, and KFC, which has been open for decades, has also been closed.”

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