Authorities in China's southern city of Guangzhou announced over 2,000 new COVID-19 infections on Nov. 8. Strict COVID measures have been implemented in the city of 19 million, a major manufacturing center. As the city tries to avoid a blanket lockdown like the one in Shanghai earlier this year, over 30,000 Guangzhou residents have been transferred to isolation facilities outside the city.
'People Jumping From Buildings Everywhere'As offices and schools closed and traffic was semi-paralyzed by bus and metro shutdowns, residents expressed frustration.
"Everywhere is closed off for isolation,” Xue Qiang (a pseudonym), a resident of Guangzhou's Baiyun district, told The Epoch Times. “[If] there’s one positive case in a residential community, everyone will be required to take a nucleic acid test. There are [posts] from WeChat groups that there is no food or medicine in the isolation sites; people were dragged everywhere, some to psychiatric hospitals, and some were even locked in public toilets. Guangzhou is in chaos.
“When people look at what happened during the Cultural Revolution, they think it's absurd. When people look [back] at what's happening now, they will also think it's absurd.”
"The pandemic itself is not serious, but there are too many secondary disasters caused by the ‘zero-COVID’ [policy],” Xue continued. “There are people jumping from buildings everywhere. Some are dying due to the lack of treatment for basic diseases."
Sky-High Profits for Test ManufacturersThe COVID test industry is filled with corruption, Xue said. “Only those who produce nucleic acid [testing kits] remain. The departments that conduct [nucleic acid] testing collude with higher-up interest groups, making a lot of money."
'Tens of Thousands of People Have Been Pulled Away'“Right after the lift of the lockdown [the city] is under lockdown again,” An Hua (a pseudonym), a restaurant owner in Haizhu, told The Epoch Times. “Now all restaurants are closed, and you can’t order takeaway either.”
“Many industries have come to a standstill. Small and medium-sized business owners are anxious in particular, but they can do nothing. The authorities say that this outbreak is the most serious in three years, and no one is allowed to go out. I don't want to go out anyway if nothing happens, because my health code may turn yellow if I pass somewhere, and that will be a huge problem.”
"Many people have been pulled out of here and quarantined. The village in the city is empty! Tens of thousands of people have been pulled away. Hundreds of buses are lined up on the roadside. It's raining today [Nov. 4], and the people are waiting in the rain for the transfer,” An continued.
“Nuclear acid testing [is being done] every day. The people have no money and are eating instant noodles at home. People are full of uncertainty and worries about their lives, not as hopeful about the future as before."