The communist regime is underreporting the extent of Shanghai’s CCP virus outbreak, say residents of China’s financial hub. This has made many too scared to leave their homes, The Epoch Times has learned.
One resident told the Chinese-language Epoch Times that the city has constructed a makeshift hospital to treat COVID-19 patients, although the government has denied such claims, saying that the building is a normal residential compound.
Others have said they don’t trust the government’s daily updates for real information on the extent of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus outbreak. Residents told The Epoch Times that they read the official announcements only to understand government’s sentiments toward the situation each morning, and then use that to make their own estimates.
“Our authorities are concealing the real scale of the coronavirus outbreak,” Shanghai resident Wang told The Epoch Times on Jan. 27. “Officials don’t dare to report the real numbers [to ensure that they don’t lose their job]. We know this very well, and we listen to our own information channels.”
Without a free press, many residents are left to judge for themselves what to believe or not from rumors they read online.
Late in the evening on Jan. 26, medical staff were seen collecting swab samples from resident at Jinan Road in Shanghai’s Huangpu district, according to state-run media.
On Jan. 27, the district’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started a seven-day effort to disinfect Zhaotong Road, where residents had been diagnosed with COVID-19, local media reported. The CDC said it used a high concentration disinfectant, which can kill all viruses.
On Jan. 28, the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission confirmed that people had tested positive for COVID-19 in Huangpu, Baoshan, and Changning districts. However, interviewees told The Epoch Times that they knew of more CCP virus infections in Yangpu, Xuhui, and Hongkou districts.
A Shanghai resident who didn’t feel safe revealing his name told The Epoch Times on Jan. 26 that Shanghai’s Kingswell Hotel had been locked down after one of its employees was diagnosed with COVID-19.
Kingswell Hotel is located in Yangpu district, where the regime hasn’t announced any infections.
The Epoch Times called the hotel on Tuesday, which confirmed that it was closed and might reopen after Feb. 10.
Wang has also said that he knew of cases in Yangpu district, including medical staff from the Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital of Fudan University, which is also called Shanghai Red House Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital, as well as staff at a retired military officers’ rehabilitation and health center.
Fudan University Attached Tumor Hospital, which is located in Shanghai’s Xuhui district, was locked down on Jan. 21 after announcing that one of its staff was diagnosed with the CCP virus.
Cancer patients from the tumor hospital said on China’s social media platform Weibo that they weren’t allowed to leave their rooms or meet with family members.
“The only thing we can do is sleep,” one patient posted on Weibo. “Some people said we should be quarantined for 14 days, some others said it would be 28 days… many are suffering a mental breakdown.”
Several Shanghai residents told The Epoch Times that currently are choosing to self-quarantine at home out of concern that they may become infected with CCP virus if they go out.