In the face of the country’s heavy-handed and draconian approach to dealing with COVID-19 lockdowns, millions of Chinese citizens are struggling to meet their basic daily requirements. According to a media report, two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese government is failing to provide its citizens with essential supplies while imposing on them stringent curbs that border on human rights abuse.
There are severe food shortages in the Chinese city of Xi’an, which has been under a harrowing lockdown since December 23 of last year. Patients in critical conditions are experiencing severe distress as a result of a lack of supply.
Many people have complained on the internet that they are barely surviving on a bowl of porridge a day and that they are on the verge of starving to death.
Officials initially refused to budge from their position that “the total supply of daily necessities in Xi’an is sufficient,” according to the report, despite the fact that they acknowledged that there were difficulties in supplying essential supplies to the population.
Locals, according to the report, have taken to social media to complain that they are not being allowed to leave their housing compounds because they are running out of food.
“What is our way of life? What exactly do we eat? We were supposed to go grocery shopping once a week a few days ago, but that has been postponed. All online grocery apps are either out of stock or not delivering, according to the report “An individual wrote on a social media platform.
“Wuhan, another Chinese city considered to be the epicentre of the pandemic, was also placed under a similar lockdown in 2020,” according to the report.
For several traumatic months, nearly 11 million people were forced to remain in their homes and confined to their homes. According to the report, the 13 million-person lockdown in Xi’an is now the country’s largest since Wuhan in 2005.
Chinese cities such as Xi’an are now feeling the effects of China’s top-down political system and its “whatever it takes” approach to achieving its zero-carbon policy goal, much like the city of Wuhan was.
“Apart from Covid-19, no one cares what you die of,” a user wrote on Chinese social media in response to the question.
In the Henan province of Gushi, only one symptomatic and one asymptomatic case of cholera have been reported. Despite this, nearly 1 million people are unable to leave the city. Similar measures have been implemented in Xuchang, where 1 million residents of the city of Yuzhou are currently under lockdown.
The authorities have also placed the city of Anyang under curfew following the discovery of 58 COVID-19 cases, while the movement of as many as 14 million people in Tianjin has been restricted following the discovery of 21 COVID-19 cases in the city, according to the report.
Meanwhile, on January 8th of this year, the people of Xi’an were treated to yet another unpleasant surprise. Hema fresh food delivery apps were found to have stopped offering online purchases “in accordance with the government’s pandemic control requirements.”
Hema Xiansheng, which was owned by the Alibaba group, was one of the few grocery stores in Xi’an that delivered food to customers in a number of different districts. Authorities asserted that violations of sanitation regulations had been reported at a number of branches of the supermarket corporation.
The internet community, on the other hand, erupted in rage. “It’s completely without remorse. During the outbreak in Xi’an, the only company that supplied us with food was once again under investigation, this time for fraud “a Weibo user expressed himself. According to the report, the remaining establishments took advantage of the situation and increased their prices by a factor of ten.