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Shanghai installs metal barriers, fences around people’s houses in latest brutal move to fight Covid

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Tall fences have been installed to seal off people’s houses amid Shanghai’s brutal Covid measures. 

  • Shanghai has installed tall fences around people’s houses to prevent residents from going out.
  • Fences were put up in areas where at least one person had tested positive for covid, according to the BBC.
  • The move sparked further outrage in a city where people are already frustrated by a harsh lockdown.
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Shanghai authorities have set up metal barriers and tall fences around people’s homes to prevent residents from going outside in the city’s latest brutal move to combat Covid.

The move has sparked further outrage in the city, according to Reuters, where its 26 million residents are already frustrated by a harsh and indefinite lockdown.

“They could also burn all of us inside our houses,” commented one user on the Twitter-like platform Weibo, referring to how the structures are a fire hazard.

According to the BBC, the authorities put up most of the fences in the “sealed areas” of the city, where at least one person has tested positive for covid.

The outlet interviewed a foreign national living in Shanghai, who said that fences were installed in his residential compound last Thursday.

“Nobody can get out,” he told the outlet, adding that no reason was given for the sudden installation of the fence. “I feel helpless. You don’t know when the lockdown will end.

Meanwhile, a popular Weibo post on Saturday showing images of the billboards in different parts of the city was reposted more than 6,500 times and garnered 18,000 likes. “See how the people in the sealed area look? Distress!” the user wrote.

Earlier this month, CNN Shanghai correspondent David Culver said authorities taped up his door to check if he had left his home.

Shanghai has been under a strict lockdown since the end of March amid a surge in Covid-19 cases. Public anger continues to mount at the authorities’ handling of the situation, with people across the city claiming they are running out of food and out of patience.

Despite the controversies, Chinese health officials have stuck to what they call a “proactive” “covid zero” policy. That means quick lockdowns, mass testing, and travel restrictions whenever groups crop up.

On Sunday, the city recorded 16,983 symptomatic Covid cases and 2,472 asymptomatic cases, according to the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission.

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