Video: The reality of “zero Covid” in China, where “quarantine camps” limit residents to cells

Videos on social media show that large quarantine camps have sprung up in China, with rows behind cramped metal boxes, which would house people suspected of COVID-19.

The communist country is trying to eradicate the virus despite warnings that the more infectious variant of Omicron is making the Zero Covid strategy impossible, despite the draconian measures used by Beijing.

In China, a total of 20 million people are now trapped in their homes after the cities of Anyang and Yuzhou joined the 13 million in quarantine in Xi’an and were banned from leaving their homes, even if only to buy food.

Anyang, home to 5.5 million people, was locked in late Monday after two cases of the Omicron variant were reported – and some residents of the locked cities told the BBC they were part of a “big move” of thousands to the camp.

Pregnant women, children and the elderly are believed to be among those sent to the Xi’an camps, with insiders sharing the horrors of their detention in Zero Covid State.

The footage, widely shared online, shows people in small boxes equipped with a wooden bed and toilet, where they are forced to stay for up to two weeks.

In China, large quarantine camps have sprung up behind rows of cramped metal boxes that house people suspected of COVID-19.

In China, large quarantine camps have sprung up behind rows of cramped metal boxes that house people suspected of COVID-19.

In China, large quarantine camps have sprung up behind rows of cramped metal boxes, housing people suspected of COVID-19.

The detainees showed workers in protective suits who provided food to those held in camps at the epicenter of the latest Chinese epidemic.

Those who have experienced dystopian devices say they have little food left in their freezing metal boxes.

On January 1, just after midnight, residents of the Mingde 8 Yingli apartment complex were told to leave their homes and enter the quarantine center.

Local reports said residents in the Covid test line were mingling.

The witness claimed that 30 buses arrived at the complex, while another said that 1,000 people had been transported.

Images shared online show people in small boxes equipped with a wooden bed and toilet

Images shared online show people in small boxes equipped with a wooden bed and toilet

Images shared online show people in small boxes equipped with a wooden bed and toilet

Employees wear personal protective equipment (PPE) sprayed with disinfectant in front of a shopping mall in Xi'an

Employees wear personal protective equipment (PPE) sprayed with disinfectant in front of a shopping mall in Xi’an

The residents were then left on buses for several hours, while a picture of a man standing alone at night waiting to be moved to the camp spread on Chinese social networks.

One online commentary the BBC said said: “There’s nothing here but basic needs … No one came to check on the quarantine?

“They made a big move at night, more than a thousand people, and many of us are older people and children.

“They didn’t take any proper measures, so they just placed us carelessly.”

Outside the camp, a man was beaten by pandemic workers after he left his home to buy steamed buns, footage showed.

A total of 20 million people are now trapped in their homes after Anyang and Yuzhou joined the 13 million Xi’an in quarantine.

The closure of Anyang, home to 5.5 million people, was announced late on Monday after two cases of the Omicron variant were reported.

Residents are not allowed to go out and shops have been ordered to close except for those selling necessities.

It was not clear how long the Anyang lock would take, as it was announced as a measure to facilitate mass testing of the population, which is standard practice in China’s identification strategy and the isolation of infected people as soon as possible.

The closures are the widest since the closure of Wuhan and most of the rest of Hubei Province at the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020.

Since then, the Chinese approach has evolved into one of targeting smaller areas affected by blocking outbreaks.

The upcoming Winter Olympics, which open on February 4 in Beijing, and the creation of the omicron have brought back city-wide locks in an effort to put out the outbreaks and prevent them from spreading to other parts of China.

Masked residents lined up to receive donated supplies in Xi'an amid tough blockade

Masked residents lined up to receive donated supplies in Xi’an amid tough blockade

The Beijing Olympics official Huang Chun said the organizers were counting on the cooperation of athletes and officials to prevent an outbreak that could affect participation.

“If there is a mass transfer of the cluster, it will definitely affect the games and the plan,” Huang said. “The worst case scenario, if it happens, is independent of the will of man, so we leave our options open.”

The Anyang omicron cases are thought to be related to two other cases found in Tianjin on Saturday. This seems to be the first time that the omicron has spread in mainland China beyond the people who came from abroad and their immediate contacts.

Anyang is an important archaeological site, the ancient capital of the Shang Dynasty, and where the oldest Chinese inscriptions were found on so-called oracle bones.

The city said unnecessary vehicles were banned from the streets in a lock notice shared online by state media late Monday.

The number of cases is still relatively low, 58 new ones were confirmed from the beginning of Monday to Tuesday 8:00.

Tianjin, the main port, which is less than an hour away from Beijing by high-speed rail, has only closed the affected areas because it is conducting mass testing.

By noon on Tuesday, 97 people had tested positive in a city of 14 million: 49 with symptoms, 15 without symptoms and 33 awaiting further verification.

Xi’an and Yuzhou are both struggling with the delta variant, and neither has reported any omicron cases.

More than 2,000 people have become infected in Xi’an, China’s largest outbreak since the first outbreak in Wuhan.

The ancient capital is a popular tourist destination, home to the ruins of the Terracotta Warriors and the Samsung computer chip factory.

Authorities have called the locks a reduction in the spread, even though they have disrupted the lives and urgent medical care of some.

The city has reported 13 new cases in the last 24 hours, down from more than a hundred a day at the height of the epidemic.

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