In Shanghai, residents face police officers who have come to force them to vacate their homes

Shanghai is facing its worst outbreak since the coronavirus pandemic began. Almost all of the 25 million residents have been locked down with difficulties accessing food since early April. Authorities isolate people who test positive, even asymptomatic ones, by taking them to quarantine centers. But with more than 20,000 new daily positive cases over the past few days, they’re struggling to keep up.

So this Thursday, residents of China’s economic capital faced police officers who wanted to force them to vacate their homes to isolate people who have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to multiple videos, a sign of growing dissatisfaction with the inflexible anti-Covid government Politics.

Local residents accuse law enforcement of “beating people”.

Videos posted to Chinese social network WeChat on Thursday night actually showed residents outside a residential complex yelling at police with shields, wearing full hazmat suits and trying to push through the crowd. In the footage, police officers appear to be arresting several protesters, while local residents accuse law enforcement of “beating people”.

The videos caused such an outcry that the Zhangjiang Group, the developer of the condominium complex, issued a statement on the incident. He says the “situation is now calm” after “some tenants obstructed the construction” of a quarantine fence.

More than 24,000 new positive cases in China

Authorities had ordered 39 households to vacate their homes “to meet anti-Covid prevention needs,” the group said. In a video live-streamed on WeChat and retrieved by AFP, a crying woman says, “Zhangjiang Group wants to make our residential area a quarantine place and house coronavirus-positive people there! The promoter claims to have offered residents compensation and moved them to another wing in the same neighborhood.

As expected, the censorship deleted much of the online video of the incident. But these were still circulating between users of social networks on Friday. The Health Ministry on Friday reported more than 24,000 new positive cases in China – including more than 23,000 in Shanghai. Very high numbers for the Asian country adopting a zero Covid strategy.

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