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Chinese being forced to quarantine in metal boxes under “zero Covid policy”

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Chinese being forced to quarantine in metal boxes under “zero Covid policy”

Beijing: China has imposed several tough rules on its citizens as part of its “zero COVID policy”, placing millions under quarantine while Beijing prepares to host next month’s Winter Olympics.

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Social media from China Videos have surfaced, showing queues of metal boxes carrying suspected COVID-19 patients home and buses taking people to quarantine camps.

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And China is undaunted in its effort to check Covid. Whether its pregnant women, children or elderly, people being forced to stay in crammed boxes even if a single person tests positive in their locality, reported Daily mail. As per the same report, these boxes are furnished with a wooden bed and a toilet, and people might have to stay for as long as two weeks in these confined spaces.

Often people are told after midnight that they have to move to quarantine centres immediately, and move out of their homes. These measures – part of China’s strict zero Covid policy – are aimed at eliminating the outbreak before Lunar New Year and the Winter Olympics next month in China.

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In China, mandatory track-and-trace apps mean close contacts are usually detected and quarantined quickly.

Around 20 million people are now confined to their homes in China and are banned from leaving their home even to buy food, according to the report.

This comes days after the distressing case of a pregnant Chinese woman miscarrying after a strict lockdown delayed her access to medical treatment. The incident reignited debate over the limits of China’s zero-tolerance approach to COVID-19.

China, where the coronavirus was first detected in 2019, has a formula it calls “dynamic zero” for curbing outbreaks: strict lockdowns and immediate mass testing.

Unlike softer lockdowns elsewhere, people in China can be banned from leaving their buildings or forced to remain inside hotel rooms if they are considered high-risk contacts.

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