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WorldMillions are cooped up at home as Shanghai goes into lockdown

Millions are cooped up at home as Shanghai goes into lockdown

BEIJING/ANKARA

China’s decision to extend the recent Covid-19 lockdown and restrictions in Shanghai for an indefinite period due to an increase in cases sparked widespread unrest from local residents.

Now only police wearing hazmat suits patrol the streets and squares of China’s biggest city, where hundreds of thousands of people had difficulty walking due to crowds before quarantine measures.

More than 26 million people in the city, which is also Asia’s largest metropolis, are currently facing curfews and isolation.

The public can only see officers and health workers on the streets of Shanghai, which is famous for its high-rise streets and skyscrapers.

Despite their high purchasing power, local people have difficulty accessing basic food items.

Although authorities said the lockdown announced on March 28 would be relaxed gradually, curfew rules continued in most of the city.

Problems faced in the supply of food and medicine as well as in the provision of health services are increasing day by day amid the persistent lockdown in Shanghai.

Many of the images shared on social media show individual and collective responses to the quarantine measures.

Footage shared on social media on Thursday showed police intervening in residents protesting the conversion of their apartment into a quarantine center in the Pudong area.

Children separated from their parents

The practice of health authorities recently quarantining small children who tested positive for Covid-19 separately from their parents has also caused outrage in society.

Tong, a Chinese national who did not want to be named, said, “Separating children from their parents was a mistake, they realized that fact later. Children should not be separated from their parents when they need special attention.”

Tong, a father of a 6-year-old daughter, added that authorities had decided to change measures after the public backlash, and would now allow parents to accompany their children in quarantine.

Chinese authorities have barred unvaccinated staff from entering a nursing home in Shanghai, state-run media reported on Friday.

Shanghai Deputy Mayor Peng Chenlei told reporters the local government would put a lockdown on nursing homes across the city to protect the vulnerable.

The city government also banned visits to all nursing homes and prohibited the delivery of goods by other than staff.

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