In China, thousands of Beijingers are under forced quarantine

More than 13,000 people who tested negative were taken to isolated hotels overnight and threatened with repression if they resisted.

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Thousands of Beijingers were forcibly quarantined on the night of Friday, May 20, to Saturday, May 21, as 26 cases of Covid-19 were discovered in their homes. More than 13,000 people in the Nanxinyuan residential complex in the southeast of the capital, despite negative virus tests, have been taken to isolated hotels and face repression if they resist. “Please cooperate, otherwise you will suffer legal consequences”stated in a statement from the district health authorities.

Photos on social media showed hundreds of people queuing up in the dark with their luggage to get on buses outside their homes. “Some of us have been imprisoned for 28 days since April 23, and we’ve all been negative since then.”Weibo complained on the social network. “Many of my neighbors are elderly or have small children.”

Beijing is facing the biggest pollution outbreak since the start of the pandemic. Since the end of April, the Omicron variant has infected more than 1,300 people, resulting in the closure of restaurants, schools and tourist facilities indefinitely. China is pursuing a draconian policy called “Zero Covid” with border closures, mass inspections, imprisonment of entire cities and forced quarantine of contacts.

Darell Goodwin

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