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Insisting on the “zero-Covid” policy, the Chinese financial city of Shanghai has been living for five weeks under strict confinement measures due to the new wave of Covid.
Under the government’s Covid measures, people have to order from home or wait for the government’s vegetable, meat and egg parcels to be delivered to access food.
The city of 25 million is experiencing disruptions to home delivery services, supermarket websites and even the distribution of government resources.
The BBC has received many private and public messages from Shanghai residents. Shanghainese said that since the start of the quarantine, they have struggled to access both food and medical supplies.
STRONG DEMAND FOR PACKAGE SERVICES
Will Liu, 28, born in Taiwan, has lived in Shanghai for almost 7 years. Speaking to the BBC’s China Service, Will said the pandemic only caused a major change in his life in the last days of March when the government declared a quarantine.
“At first the authorities said the closure would be for 5 days, but then they extended the deadline. Everyone’s life was turned upside down,” says Will.
Will, who had stored enough food for the first 5 days of quarantine, learned that the period would then be extended.
The only tool for cooking at home, the microwave, Will’s food sources run out after a while when the quarantine is extended.
During the second week of quarantine, Will looked online for home delivery sites to find food:
“I saw an ad of 400 yuan ($60 – 890 TL) pork chops on the site. I was starving, so I pressed the ‘buy’ button. However, there was only two pieces of spoiled meat in the package when I arrived Later I managed to get my money back but that’s it It made me very depressed.
PUBLIC FOOD ACCESS GROUPS
It is noteworthy that since April 5, when the citywide quarantine was declared, on Weibo and other social media platforms in China, there has been an increase in the number of posts about health issues. access to food.
One of the messages reads: “We have a lot of vegetables in our house, but our fridge is not working, so our only option is to put them outside. Now they are all about to get spoil. But we have no choice. If you don’t do that, you’ll starve to death.”
“Puxi today [bölgesinde] 12th day of quarantine. During these 12 days, I could only buy 10 kg of rice from Dingdong (online sales site). People are very worried when they can’t find food. »
According to the shared post, people in Shanghai have found their own ways to access food:
“From the 4th or 5th day of quarantine, people started buying food in groups and distributing meals among themselves. Everyone helps each other.”
On the other hand, in private messages sent to the website of the BBC Chinese service, some people criticize the government’s measures against the spread of the Omicron variant in the region. Others react to the Western media’s handling of the developments.
TACTICS FOR GETTING FOOD ON THE INTERNET
While trying to order food online, Will has devised tactics to increase his chances of success.
Since he could click the “order” button on his phone screen hundreds of times per minute with his massage gun, he was able to slightly increase his chances of bringing food home in the face of intense competition. .
Nearly 400,000 people have tested positive since the latest wave of Covid began in Shanghai. The number of people who lost their lives on Sunday April 24 was recorded at 39.
The majority of those who died were elderly and people with health problems but were not vaccinated.
Many people wonder if the measures should be so strict.
“CANCER PATIENTS CAN’T FIND DRUGS”
Zhang Le (name changed to hide his identity) is a university professor in his 50s living in Shanghai.
Speaking to the BBC, Zhang expressed the view that the government is not following scientific data and ignoring other health needs.
He says he stored food in the freezer the first few days of quarantine for his 80-year-old mother and father, who live near him, and his helpers at home, and that food parcels were delivered to their homes four times so far.
“My mom and dad aren’t starving, I’m sure,” Zhong said, noting that his family has struggled to access needed treatment for long-term health issues, even though he’s not. was not about accessing food.
Zhong, who said that although his cancer-stricken father was in a lot of pain, “couldn’t go to the hospital to take the special painkiller he was taking for his condition,” continued:
“My mum is also taking Betaloc medicine because of her high blood pressure, but she couldn’t go to the hospital to get a prescription. She had to reduce the dose of the medicine she was taking so she wouldn’t run out of medicine. On April 20, the municipality brought him his prescription, but it was not the same medicine.
MANDATORY COVID TESTS CONCERN
Stressing that his elderly parents are worried about long queues for the mandatory Covid test with others, Zhong continues:
“We were tested 15 times between April 1 and April 21. I was afraid that my family would catch the virus from those in the crowd while waiting in the queue. In videos circulating on the Internet , we see that employees do not change the stick and disinfect their gloves each time they take turns testing people. How do you know that they will not infect people and test kits?
“I told my mums not to line up for the tests, but they didn’t want to be detained just for that. Last week, the teams agreed to come to my parents’ house for the tests, and they didn’t have only paid one visit so far.”
It’s not just his parents who worry him.
Another tumor is suspected to have formed in the body of his cousin, a cancer patient who underwent liver surgery four months ago.
“As all medical staff are working to protect people from the Covid virus, doctors are not scheduling checkups for my cousin,” Zhong said.
He thinks the government is putting people’s lives at risk “unnecessarily”:
“I think it’s silly to devote all resources to this flu-like virus. In other countries, people follow in the footsteps of scientists. In this country, scientists follow the government. Those who have real problems of health suffer.”
FANG CANG TEMPORARY HOSPITALS
At the request of the authorities, all residents of the city are required to undergo regular tests.
Those who test positive are sent to temporary government-controlled hospitals in Fang Cang. Mandatory quarantine is enforced for at least two weeks.
A large number of users on social networks are reacting to the government.
In some videos, people call on the authorities to find food and medicine.
Like many netizens, Will Liu’s biggest fear isn’t getting caught with Covid, but being sent to Fang Cang.
‘BRING YOUR OWN MEDICINE’
On the Weibo social media platform, known as China’s Twitter, the number of photos taken inside Fang Cang and the number of posts about it have been increasing since the start of the quarantine.
In a recently shared post, a user who claimed to have been filed with Fang Cang and presented himself as a medical professional criticized the conditions at the quarantine center:
“People ask me what kind of treatment was given to Fang Cang. At first, I wondered the same question. When I arrived at the hospital, I didn’t feel bad and didn’t need medicine. The next day the nurse told everyone. [Covid karşısında etkili olduğu söylenen geleneksel Çin ilaçlarından] distributed a box of medicine. I did not take any of these medications.
“On the third day, a girl lying in front of me caught a cold after taking a shower. She had a fever at night. I told her mother to ask the doctors for antipyretics, but the nurse told them said they didn’t have any antipyretics. Luckily I had it with me, I gave the little girl some of those drugs.
“On the fourth day, they gave me two sachets of traditional Chinese medicine this time. I noticed that there was no information about its ingredients or side effects. So I put the sachet of side…”
The user also had some advice for those who will be quarantined here:
“If you have Covid symptoms when sent to Fang Cang, just bring an antipyretic with you. We have to rely on ourselves.”