China Enacts and Enforces Zero Covid Tolerance Policy

by Wall Street Rebel | Michael London | 01/12/2022 1:55 PM
China Enacts and Enforces Zero Covid Tolerance Policy

China has been defending its harsh and unexpected lockdowns since last year. Experts say the strategy is unsustainable. Millions of Xi'an residents have been confined to their homes, relying on food deliveries and online assistance.

 

There is a devoted following for China's "zero Covid" policy: the millions of people laboring tirelessly toward that goal, regardless of the human cost.

According to hospital workers, a guy with chest difficulties was denied admission to a hospital in the northern city of Xi'an because he resided in a medium-risk zone. He passed away as a result of a heart attack.

When the number of reported cases rose in late December, the Xi'an authorities acted quickly and aggressively to impose a strict lockdown. Despite this, the city's 13 million citizens could not obtain food, medical treatment, or other necessities due to the government's lack of preparation, resulting in turbulence and problems unmatched since the country's first shutdown of Wuhan in January 2020.

China's early success in managing the pandemic with an iron fist and authoritarian measures appears to have strengthened its officials, giving them the illusion of being given authority to act with conviction and righteousness. Many officials now believe that they must do everything in their power to prevent Covid infections because it is the will of their top leader, Xi Jinping.

The authorities' top priority is virus control. People's lives, well-being, and dignity are not given much thought until much later.

The administration is backed by a vast army of community workers enthusiastic about enforcing the policy and hordes of internet nationalists who attack anyone who expresses displeasure or worries. The disasters in Xi'an have prompted some Chinese residents to question how those in charge of enforcing quarantine legislation can act haphazardly and who bears ultimate responsibility.

Chinese intellectuals have written on how surprised they are by the amount of officials and civilians who, motivated by professional ambition or loyalty, are prepared to serve as enablers of authoritarian policies.

When the coronavirus first surfaced in Wuhan two years ago, it was a striking reminder of China's totalitarian regime's shortcomings. Patients have died due to non-Covid ailments, residents have gone hungry, and officials have blamed each other. The Xi'an lockdown exemplifies how its political structure has become increasingly inflexible, instilling brutality into its relentless pursuit of a zero-Covid policy.

Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi Province, is faring far better than Wuhan, which was devastated by the virus in early 2020, killing thousands and straining the city's medical facilities. Only three Covid-related deaths have been reported in Xi'an, the most recent in March 2020. The city said that 95 percent of its adults had been inoculated by July. As of Monday, it had reported 2,017 confirmed cases in the most current wave, with no deaths reported.

Despite this, a very stringent lockdown was established. Residents were not allowed to leave their apartment buildings. Some of the buildings were off-limits. During this time, about 45,000 people were moved to quarantine facilities.

The city's health code system, which is supposed to track people and enforce quarantines, failed due to many people utilizing it. Deliveries have almost completely vanished from the scene. Some residents took to the internet to vent their displeasure with food scarcity.

The lockdown procedures, on the other hand, were strictly adhered to.

A group of community members compelled a young guy who had gone out to get groceries to read a letter of self-criticism in front of a video camera, which was recorded. According to a widely circulated video, the young man claimed, "I only worried if I had food to eat." "I didn't consider the serious consequences my actions could have on the rest of the community," the author says. According to The Beijing News, the volunteers subsequently acknowledged their regret, a state-run news outlet.

Three males were detained while attempting to leave Xi'an to the countryside, most likely to avoid the high costs associated with the lockdown. They went trekking, riding, and swimming during the cold days and nights. Authorities caught and imprisoned two of them, according to local police and media reports. They were collectively referred to as the "Xi'an ironmen" on the Chinese internet.

Then the hospitals denied people medical attention while simultaneously depriving their families the chance to say their final goodbyes.

There are a number of reasons why many within the system showed little compassion and spoke out sparingly on social media.

As a result of Wuhan, the Chinese internet has devolved into a partisan platform for nationalists to celebrate China, its government, and the Chinese Communist Party (CPC). There is no tolerance for dissent or criticism. Individuals who voice their concerns online are condemned for ammunition to hostile foreign media.

According to a screenshot of her Twitter account, the social networking site Red censored a post by the daughter of a man who died of a heart attack because it "contained unpleasant information about the society."

No authors like Fang Fang write about their experiences during the Wuhan shutdown in Xi'an, and no citizen journalists like Chen Qiushi, Fang Bin, or Zhang Zhan publish recordings. The four of them were either silenced, imprisoned, disappeared or were left to die in prison, sending a clear message to anyone who would dare to speak out about Xi'an in the future.

After being published in The New York Times, an article about the Xi'an lockdown written by former journalist Zhang Wenmin, a Xi'an resident known by her pen name, Jiang Xue, got widely spread. According to a source close to her, her essay was later pulled off the site, and state security officials told her not to speak again about the subject. Some social media users referred to her as "junk" that needed to be discarded.

According to people familiar with the situation, a few Chinese media that had written good investigative articles out of Wuhan did not send reporters to Xi'an because they couldn't get passes to roam freely in the city while under lockdown.

The Xi'an lockdown does not appear to have influenced many Chinese people to abandon the country's "no holds barred" commitment to pandemic prevention and control.

 

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