An employee at Shanghai’s subway network told The Epoch Times that he had seen several people suddenly collapse and exhibit COVID-19 symptoms in recent weeks, long before authorities announced any new local cases. Local authorities in Shanghai reported a new outbreak of COVID-19 on Jan. 21, although the city declared “no more suspected cases” on Jan. 2.
COVID-19 is caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus.
Numerous Sudden Collapses
The Shanghai Metro employee told The Epoch Times that these cases mostly occurred in mid-January. The employee wished to remain anonymous due to security concerns.
“I have seen sudden collapses several times recently, sometimes on the platform, sometimes inside a subway car,” he said. “Some were seniors and some were young people, and the frequency was relatively high. We have also seen someone vomiting on the platform several days in a row, and they explained that they had a fever and felt dizzy. Our subway station manager then called the 120 emergency line to have the person taken to the hospital.”
Two such incidents were caught on video—one occurred in northeastern Heilongjiang Province in December, and the other in northern Hebei Province earlier this month.
The first part of the video shows a man who suddenly fell to the ground outside a police security post in Wangkui county of Heilongjiang, on Dec. 25, 2020. Because there were no reports of local COVID-19 cases at the time, onlookers did not associate the incident with the CCP virus.
Two weeks later, on Jan. 9, numerous cases of the CCP virus began to erupt in Wangkui, making the county one of China’s hotspots for COVID-19.
The second half of the video shows three medical workers in white protective suits performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on a person who collapsed at a COVID-19 test site in Langfang city, Hebei, on Jan. 11.
Pandemic Control Measures Resumed
Starting on Jan. 23, Shanghai authorities mandated that all subway passengers must wear masks and have their body temperature checked at the entrance.
The subway employee who spoke to the publication said that working for Shanghai Metro is now considered a dangerous job, as the risk of becoming infected could be high.
“Many employees who come into contact with passengers have decided to resign because they are afraid that if we contract the virus, our immediate family members will get infected as well,” he said. “Moreover, our salary is very low, so this job is not worth keeping.”
Questioning Official Data
As of Jan. 23, Shanghai reported nine domestic cases, and designated three neighborhoods as medium risk for the CCP virus.
However, it is difficult to assess the true scale of the current CCP virus outbreak due to Chinese authorities’ past record of underreporting infections and covering up information.
As a local resident, the subway employee felt that the outbreak started earlier and is on a much larger scale than announced.
“Right now, many companies in Shanghai require their employees to take their body temperature as well as present their itinerary code and health barcode as soon as they arrive at work. Supermarkets and shopping centers have the same requirements for employees,” he explained.
He also revealed that Shanghai authorities strictly prohibit local netizens from sharing pandemic information on social media. A friend of his went missing and had his WeChat account suspended after he posted pictures of medical workers in a commercial district.
“Shanghai residents seem to have felt that the danger has increased, even though the authorities only reported nine new cases.”
“In the past several days, subway traffic has fallen by more than 50 percent. A colleague who works at the platform area told me that there are very few passengers on the trains,” he said.
Gu Xiaohua and Gu Qing’er contributed to this report.