Shanghai authorities fence off COVID-hit areas, sparking outrage


Shanghai authorities have erected fences outside residential buildings in the city to contain a COVID-19 outbreak.

This has sparked renewed outrage over a lockdown that has forced many of the Chinese city’s 25 million residents to remain indoors.

China’s most populous city and economic hub is battling the country’s biggest COVID-19 outbreak by closing off areas of the city and forcing all those who test positive into quarantine centres.

Meanwhile, China reported over 21 thousand new community-transmitted COVID-19 infections on Sunday, with the vast majority being asymptomatic cases in Shanghai.

The latest outbreak in Shanghai, driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant, has seen hundreds of thousands of cases detected in the city but fewer than 100 deaths since the outbreak began nearly two months ago.

On social media, images of government workers wearing hazmat suits have gone viral as they sealed off entrances to housing blocks in the city and closed off entire streets with green fencing, prompting questions and complaints from residents.

One video showed residents shouting from balconies at workers who tried to set up fencing before relenting and taking the barricade away. Other videos showed people trying to pull the fences down.

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