China is looking back towards school closures and other lockdown measures as new COVID-19 outbreaks emerge in Shanghai and other megacities.
Chinese citizens were angered by the strict lockdown measures during the pandemic, with tens of millions of people still under strict measures in early September. Shanghai, Shenzen and other major cities are increasing mandatory testing in addition to the closure of entertainment venues and schools, Reuters reported Tuesday.
Shanghai requires all 16 districts to undergo mandatory testing twice a week until November 10. The city has 25 million residents.
The resurgence of COVID cases in major cities comes nearly a month after Chinese citizens expressed outrage at the regime’s ongoing relocation programs for those who test positive.
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Chinese authorities transfer confirmed cases to COVID-19 camps as part of its “Zero COVID” policy, typically by bus. One such bus crashed on a mountain road in September, killing 27 people and injuring 20 others.
The bus crash quickly became the number one trending topic on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform before it was buried by censorship.
Local police news of the accident announced, which collected 12,000 shares on social media. However, censors soon stepped in due to the backlash against China’s COVID-19 policies, and the incident was removed from the trending topic list.
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The World Health Organization has described China’s Zero-COVID policy as “unsustainable”, saying that recent variants of the virus are too contagious for quarantine policies to be successful.