China continues to implement stringent zero-COVID measures, disrupting everyday life for Chinese citizens at a time when most other countries in the world are learning to live with the virus.
A 62-year-old Chinese writer and activist, who depends on medicines for kidney disease, has run out of both medicines and food. Trapped at home under COVID isolation measures, she posted an SOS letter online, pleading for permission to leave her residence to shop for food and medicines.
Health Code Switched After Speaking OutIn China, residents are required to download an app on their smartphones, displaying green, yellow, or red codes. A green code allows them to travel freely. A yellow code allows them to move around within their residential compound, while residents with a red code are strictly banned from leaving their residences.
In addition, she suspects that the code was switched after she called a city hotline to ask that lockdowns be lifted.
Quoted Government Expert, To No AvailWhen Fan called the hotline, she cited Chinese medical expert Wang Fusheng, who said that COVID is a "self-limiting disease," a disease that tends to go away on its own without treatment.
Arbitrary EnforcementThe case illustrates what the U.S. state department has called the "arbitrary" nature of China's zero-COVID rules—rules that the Chinese regime says are "based on science."
If she had tested positive for COVID, Fan would have been quarantined at home for fourteen days. Although she did not take a PCR test, she was isolated at home for far longer than the mandatory quarantine time.
Online Pleas for HelpIt appears that Fan will continue to be isolated at home until she gives in and submits to PCR testing.
Fan posted pleas for help online.
“I have been locked down at home for over half a month,” she wrote on Nov. 19, “From Oct. 28 to this day, there is no food or medicine left. I urgently need to go out for medicines. Please immediately turn my health code from yellow to green and give me an opportunity to live.”
Calls by The Epoch Times to Fuzhou pandemic prevention and control were unanswered.
An Outspoken Critic of the Chinese RegimeAccording to international human rights watchdog Human Rights Watch, Fan began publishing articles in 1978 and became a member of the Nanping Literature and Art Association of Fujian Province in 1980. She has been actively advocating for petitioners’ legal rights since 1985 after her mother’s home was forcibly torn down.
Victim of Alleged Medical MalpracticeSpeaking with The Epoch Times in an interview on Nov. 19, Fan said her health was permanently ruined by medical malpractice in 2015.
After being hospitalized for back pain in June 2015, Fan believed she was undergoing arteriography, a kidney imaging test. Instead, she says, she was operated on without her consent. The doctor implanted an illegally manufactured renal stent in her kidney. The stent subsequently deteriorated, doing irreparable damage to her kidney.
Although a court filed in Fan's favor, she has not received any compensation from the hospital or the stent manufacturer. She must take medication on a daily basis since the operation.
The Epoch Times wasn't able to verify the authenticity of the consent form.
The Epoch Times reached out to Dr. Chen Qun, who operated on Fan. Chen is currently working at Fujian Provincial No. 2 People's Hospital. Chen denied Fan’s allegations, saying that he had obtained Fan’s consent prior to the operation. He called Fan’s allegation that the stent was an illegal product “nonsense.”