China builds ‘optional’ quarantine camps to deal with coronavirus surge

The Chinese state enterprise world times On Thursday, quarantine camps were built near major cities like Hangzhou to deal with the huge wave of coronavirus infections. Residency in these camps is optional, at least for now.

According to Hangzhou health officials quoted by the world times, district and county governments have been ordered to build camps with a combined total of 16,030 beds “for people who opt into mass quarantine”.

Hangzhou is the capital of the eastern province of Zhejiang, with a population of around 10 million, plus a good number of tourists attracted by its scenic lakeside views.

In addition to the 16,000 quarantine beds, district officials also asked hotels to start offering “quarantine packages” for those who found the massive camps a bit too dark, but did not wish to quarantine at home. . Participating hotels have been given caps on room and board prices and are required to have medical staff on site.

“Hangzhou officials said residents can enforce central quarantine [sic] through their neighborhood communities, and will be transferred to an appropriate quarantine site,” said the world times said.

China’s huge and unpleasant quarantine camps weren’t “optional” for most of the pandemic. Dictator Xi Jinping herded thousands into the camps at gunpoint, and those who resisted were subjected to shocking police brutality. The children were ruthlessly separated from their parents. Quarantine officials were caught on video beating domestic animals to death after their owners were taken to the camps.

Residents, including children, wear protective clothing and masks as they wait on a bus outside a residential complex before leaving, as part of epidemic control to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, November 15, 2022, in Beijing, China. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Chinese citizens have become absolutely terrified of Xi’s quarantine camps, blaming them for further worsening the pandemic by forcing people who have failed a single virus test closer to obviously sick and highly contagious people.

In November, the capital Beijing was largely to close by a seemingly mild coronavirus outbreak because people weren’t afraid of the Chinese coronavirus, but of failing a virus test or being reported as a “close contact” of an infected person, which could send them to the infernal camps. Some Beijing residents have decided they’d rather be hungry than risk shopping for food.

“Don’t get tested if you don’t need to go out. Taking a Covid test is now the biggest chance of getting infected or putting yourself in danger,” a Beijing resident advised on social media.

These fears intensified when the authoritarian central government began experiment with policy tweaks to health tracking codes, wrongly classifying some citizens as infected or high risk just to keep them off the streets.

The quarantine camps and incredibly aggressive testing programs that sent so many there figured prominently in the huge anti-lockdown protests which swept across China in late November. When the protests caused Chinese officials to abandon their happy lockdown “zero Covid” policy, citizens expressed relief that they no longer had to worry about taking half a dozen virus tests a day, failing one and being sent back to the camps.


Protesters march down a street during a rally for victims of a deadly fire as well as a protest against China’s harsh Covid-19 restrictions in Beijing on November 28, 2022. – A deadly fire on November 24, 2022 in Urumqi , the capital of China’s northwest Xinjiang region, has become a new catalyst for public anger, with many blaming Covid lockdowns for hampering rescue efforts, as hundreds of people took to the streets of major Chinese cities on November 27, 2022 to protest the country’s zero-Covid. politics in a rare wave of public anger against the state. Authorities deny the allegations. (Christmas CELIS / AFP)


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