Mainland China residents cope despite CCP conduct
Mainland China residents are navigating life-threatening situations while the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) delays or denies efforts to improve their well-being and limits movement due to COVID-19. Some of the worst flooding China has experienced in years has intensified those hardships just as some expected to regain more freedoms.
“This year’s flooding is the worst in decades in some areas and comes on top of strict COVID-19 regulations that have strangled travel, employment and ordinary life in much of the country,” The Associated Press (AP) reported in late June 2022.
The rainy season arrived as Chinese residents struggled to navigate lingering pandemic restrictions. While Beijing regularly censors bad news, Chinese citizens are refusing to have their stories of suffering silenced. Those living in Shanghai are among the most vocal, taking to social media networks such as Weibo and WeChat to report on people in the city who have died as a result of harsh lockdown restrictions, according to Wired.com.
“Sick people died after struggling to access medical care during the lockdown, there were incidents of people committing suicide due to unbearable stress or depression, and elderly people who lived alone were found dead at home, likely from starvation,” The Epoch Times newspaper reported in July 2022.
A Twitter account called “Shanghai 2022 Lockdown Unnatural Death Record” has recorded more than 100 deaths, many of them with details that include names, addresses and times of death, according to The Epoch Times.
“The CCP claimed that they ‘won the battle.’ Who Won? Through the lockdown of Shanghai this time, people have thoroughly seen the evil nature of the CCP regime, and they no longer trust and put hope in the CCP,” Li Yuanhua, a former professor at Beijing Normal University, told The Epoch Times.
Rules in Shanghai required that individuals present a negative COVID-19 test to qualify for care at a hospital; in many cases, medical facilities were shut down for disinfection to contain the spread of the virus, based on Shanghai rules, Wired.com reported. (Pictured: A man receives medicine he bought at a pharmacy in Shanghai through its closed glass doors in May 2022.)
Many of Shanghai’s 25 million inhabitants were confined to their homes for more than 70 days before the city began to reopen on June 1. But rising infections have stoked fears of another lockdown, with officials ordering residents in Shanghai and Beijing to undergo more testing following the discovery of new cases, AP reported in early July. The latest Shanghai outbreak has been linked to a karaoke parlor that allegedly reopened without permission before the lockdown ended and failed to enforce prevention methods for employees and patrons, AP reported. In Beijing, the increase in infections was also linked to a nightlife venue.
Mainland China’s daily COVID-19 case count had surged from a handful of cases to 300 new cases a day by early July, CNBC reported.
Amid the physical and mental health challenges of the pandemic, major flooding in southern China forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. The rains have disrupted the lives of half a million people along with heat waves and power outages, according to media reports.
The YouTube channel Spotlight on China published a report in late June claiming that Chinese officials were censoring the cries for help of flood victims, deleting videos and images from Weibo and WeChat, and populating search results about the floods with assertions of “how courageous” emergency response teams had been in rescuing victims.
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