Starving Shanghai residents have been filmed screaming from their windows at hazmat-wearing authorities patrolling the city’s streets after weeks of draconian COVID-19 lockdowns.
The footage showed the locked-up citizens shouting at officials in Shi Lan San village on Saturday amid reports of food shortages across the city as China doubles down on its “zero COVID” policy.
“I haven’t eaten yet,” one desperate woman could be heard yelling.
Another man screamed: “I need to eat.”
Residents have taken to social media to complain about their troubles with getting food, water and medicine ever since the city started enforcing its oppressive lockdown earlier this month.
The latest video of screaming residents emerged as authorities started erecting 6-foot-tall metal fences in several neighborhoods to block off some streets and the entrances to apartment complexes of those who had tested positive.
The move sparked outrage from residents on social media, with some complaining they were being treated like “domestic animals.”
The city also converted schools and apartment blocks into designated quarantine sites for COVID-positive residents in the hope of stopping the spread outside of those areas.
The number of cases in Shanghai has now topped 500,000 and at least 190 people have died from COVID.
Meanwhile, authorities in Beijing started stepping up efforts this week to prevent a major outbreak like the one that has all but shut down Shanghai.
No deaths have been reported from the still-nascent outbreak in Beijing and 22 cases were found in the 24 hours into Monday.
People in the Chinese capital lined up for throat swabs after mass testing was expanded to 11 of the city’s 16 districts.
The announcement of testing in one Beijing district sparked widespread panic buying in the city on Monday in the wake of the disruptions to the supply of food, medicine and daily necessities in Shanghai.
With Post wires