Shanghai transforms residences into COVID isolation facilities, causing outrage

Shanghai transforms residences into COVID isolation facilities, causing outrage ...

Shanghai is renovating industrial buildings to encompass a wide range of COVID-19 cases, but the move has sparked fury and outrage from neighbours who are concerned they might be at greater danger of infection.

On Thursday afternoon, a video of a casualty with hazmat pants with the word "police" on their back was posted on WeChat, a Chinese messaging platform. 30 individuals wearing hazmat suits with the word "police" were seen scuffling with other people outside a housing complex, purging at least one person.

As she filmed the scene, more than 10,000 people watched it, and the WeChat livestream platform said it had "dangerous content."

"It's not that I want to cooperate with the country, but how would you feel if you lived in a structure where the blocks are only 10 metres (30 feet) apart, everyone has tested negative, and these people are allowed in?" a filmer says.

The video was not independently verified, but the footage was confirmed by the building's owner on Friday.

Five of the company's vacant buildings have been converted into isolation facilities, according to Zhangjiang Group, which owns the compound. A further nine buildings will be converted.

It claimed that it had moved 39 rental tenants to rooms in other parts of the building and that they had offered them compensation.

"When our company construction the isolation fence on April 14, some tenants blocked the construction site," the group said in a statement, adding that the situation had been resolved.

Shanghai's government did not respond immediately to a request for clarification on its current quarantine policy.

A resident at the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park complex housing properties, including GlaxoSmithKline and Hewlett-Packard, confirmed on Tuesday that residents were advised to relocate.

Workers arrived on Thursday afternoon, and police arrived shortly after, according to the resident who witnessed the scene. She declined to be named as the situation was hazy.

"This location is completely ineffective to be a quarantine center," she said, expressing worries she may be caught the virus by living too close to patients.

Everyone who tests positive must quarantine at designated sites and the neighbours must be allowed to isolate in their homes for 14 days, which has sparked fears among China's public.

Shanghai has become the center of China's largest outbreak since the virus was first discovered in Wuhan in late 2019, bringing out more than 300,000 COVID infections since March.

The city has begun converting schools, have recently completed apartment blocks and exhibition halls into quarantine centers, and has announced that it had set up more than 160,000 beds in over 100 make-shift hospitals.

According to regulations, Chinese authorities are permitted to take over buildings and other properties in order to deal with emergency situations.

According to social media reports, cities across the country have occupied facilities to house quarantined residents, bringing out threats from people who have been forced to leave.

Our Standards:

You may also like: