In an April 25 op-ed for the New American, Charles Scaliger denounced the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for following a zero-COVID approach. He cited the policy espoused by Chinese paramount leader Xi Jinping as responsible for "a dystopian nightmare for tens of millions in Shanghai and elsewhere across China" and "a crisis on a scale not seen since the Cultural Revolution."
Scaliger remarked that at least half of the city's 26 million residents remain completely locked down, with food and other essentials delivered on an intermittent basis. The authorities' adherence to zero-COVID only exacerbated the problem.
"The virus has spread indiscriminately among health workers and [the] local populace at mandatory mass testing events – prompting authorities to replace in-person mouth swabs with self-testing and verification carried out at home. But the virus continues to spread – to the tune of tens of thousands of new cases per day – apparently via deliveries of food, medicines and other necessaries, leading authorities to prohibit the delivery of all such," he wrote.
Scaliger also warned that the repercussions of China's zero-COVID policy "are worsening by the day." He continued: "With nearly all banks, port facilities and factories across the Shanghai area shuttered, economic and financial activity has ceased. Thousands of container ships sit at anchor off China's coast, unable to land. Trucking has come to a standstill as the government quarantines truckers coming to Shanghai inside their truck cabs for weeks. Rents, salaries and loans remain unpaid. Pallets of food supplies rot at distribution centers." (Related: China's perpetual lockdown of major port city Shanghai brings supply chain to brink of collapse, but that may be the plan.)
Aside from the consequences on economic activity, the COVID-19 lockdown in Shanghai has also impacted people's well-being. An April 9 op-ed published in the New York Post by Steven W. Mosher, president of the Virginia-based think tank Population Research Institute (PRI), elaborated on this issue.
"The Shanghai lockdown, the largest since the first Wuhan lockdown two years ago, is China's latest attempt to achieve [zero-COVID]. Like China’s previous efforts to contain the highly infectious [B11529] omicron variant, this one is doomed to fail – although not before extracting an enormous cost," wrote Mosher.
"Virtually every person on the planet now recognizes that they are simply going to have to live with [COVID-19] from now on, in the same way that we have learned to live with the seasonal flu. Even countries that clung to China's mass containment model well into 2021 … are now abandoning it. Yet the CCP continues to pursue the impossible dream of [zero-COVID]."
The PRI president cited several examples of the desperation that afflicted locked-down Shanghai residents and their novel ways to protest their predicament. Some yelled out of their apartment windows, lamenting: "We have no food to eat. We haven't eaten in a very long time. We are starving to death."
One starving Shanghainese man protested in a quieter but more illustrative manner. He rolled his refrigerator onto his balcony and open its doors to show that he had no food whatsoever.
But some residents took the tragic route by jumping off the balconies of their apartment units. One video that went viral showed a couple falling to their deaths. According to Chinese social media users, the distraught husband and his wife chose to commit suicide together as the lockdown had cost the husband his business.
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Watch the footage of locked-down Shanghai residents screaming from their balconies below.
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