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תיעוד מזעזע מסין: תושבים זועקים מרבי הקומות, לכודים בשל סגר רבתי על שנגחאי

התפרצות אומיקרון בסין, 2022

סגר קורונה סין
האם הסגר ההדוק אשר מוטל על העיר שנגחאי מתחיל לגבות מחיר גבוה מדי מן התושבים?
אמש דיווח עיתון הטיימס כי הרשויות הסיניות הודיעו על הקלות בסגר באיזורים שבהם לא יתגלו מקרי הדבקה חדשים וזאת בהתאם למדיניות של אפס הדבקה, ולאחר שבגל האחרון התגלו בעיר שנגחאי לבדה עשרים וארבעה אלף מקרים חדשים.
ארצות הברית ביקשה מסין לאפשר לעובדים משרד החוץ האמריקאי להתפנות מהעיר הנצורה אמש.

Residents in #Shanghai scream from high-rise apartments after seven days of city lockdown.

The narrator worries that there will be significant problems.

(in Shanghainese dialect—

he predicts people can’t hold out much longer—he implies tragedy).

2) “yao ming le” & “yao si”

— both expressions meaning “life and death.”

but they also more literally mean “asking for death.”

. The narrator eventually implies shit will hit the fan soon if this continues.

3) The video has been verified by @patrickmadrid’s family.

It has also been verified by my sources as commonplace.

Also, Shanghainese is a local dialect (

not propaganda useful)—only 14 million out of 1.3 billion Chinese speak.

I only speak it because I was born there.

4) China honestly might be hitting a breaking point with #Ba2.

Either it keeps going with tragedies growing or it changes direction

. See🧵 below. Hunger is growing fast.

5) The narrator sounds familiar—

Shanghai resident:

“I’m breaking through the blockade now—you quickly arrest me.

Do you have any food to eat in prison?”

Police: “We will arrest you and send you back

. We don’t even know where we can buy food outside.”

6) More remarkable in this telephone conversation is how philosophical

of a chat the resident and police officer got toward the end.

Censors blocked the subtitles

—but in Shanghainese, the caller gets the cop to think about repercussions for violent rebellion if hunger continues.👇

7) for example, at 5:05 mark, subtitles suddenly stop and replaced with censorship warnings. But the Shanghainese audio isn’t censored

—➡️the caller vents about he now understands why armed revolutions & government overthrow happens when citizen starving. 🇨🇳 censored that haha.

סין סגר נגיף הקורונה : תוכן לא הולם צנזורה של המחאה

Originally tweeted by Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) on 9th April 2022.

7) Of course, Chinese govt doesn’t condone balcony singing or & protesting

. And of course, a govt drone appears: “Please comply with COVID rules

. **Control your soul’s desire for freedom**.

Do not open the window to sing.” ➡️yes, the drone said that.

8) Are people going hungry in Shanghai? Yes.

Many people are down to one meal a day

. You can see here people rationing their vegetables into meal chunks.

Dialogue is in Shanghainese, so it’s legit—it checks out.

9) There are indeed widespread reports of hunger and food distribution issues

. Let’s just suppose it only affects 10% of Shanghai’s 26 million people

—that’s still 2.6 million starving. Even if it’s 5% having a hunger crisis—

that’s still 1.3 million people!

10) Some asked—how can the Chinese government allow millions to go hungry?

Well, most Westerners never learned about the horrific

**GREAT CHINESE FAMINE** of 1959-1961…

in which **up to 55,000,000** (15-55 mil) Chinese starved to death.

It’s history.

11) The Great Famine

“is widely regarded as the deadliest famine & one of the greatest man-made disasters in human history”— death toll of 15-55 million.

📍The % dead in provinces: Anhui (18% dead), Chongqing (15%), Sichuan (13%), Guizhou (11%) and Hunan (8%).

History lessons.

12) There is a big rich-poor divide in food access.

richer neighborhoods have plenty. Food delivery used to cost 30 RMB,

but the delivery fee is now 200-300 RMB! So you can get food—

but only you are resourceful enough to find delivery and can afford it. Even if you do, I’m worried.

13) I think there is a food shortage.

Just like we are sure COVID

#Ba2 is run amuck in China.

The trickier thing is to know how much critical food insecurity/hunger prevalence there is.

My family in SH can’t agree

—because of some life is in wealthier parts than others.

14) meanwhile, Police in Shanghai recently started wearing thermal-imaging

View screen helmets designed to detect people on the streets with fevers,

before lockdown.China is not letting a good crisis go to waste

as a chance for their surveillance measures.

15) FOOD PRICE GOUGING—

in regular times, these veggies would cost 20-30 RMBs.

This guy charges 100 RMBs plus 200 RMB delivery fee—300 RMBs—

so a ~10x cost increase for food, assuming you can even get delivery. That’s not sustainable for 26 million people.

16) last week, I warned about how Shanghai was at a tipping point

. As world’s financial capital city, Shanghai’s government is desperately trying to stop it before it gets further out of control, But I feared it might already be too late.

17) Let this sink in— The U.S. Consulate in Shanghai had

to beg for food for US Marines using WeChat.

Marines have depleted their food and can no longer get delivery

—if you can spare a meal’s worth or two for 7 extra mouths,

they’d be very appreciative” 😳

18) What is a long-term effect of the Great Chinese Famine

—assuming one didn’t die among 15-55 million?

Well, my Harvard epidemiology friends did a study

it found fetuses exposed to the famine, later in adulthood

, sadly had 4x higher glucose/diabetes risk!

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19) Isn’t China good with logistics?

The Chinese daily diet

primarily relies on unfrozen

and unprocessed foods

with almost no shelf life.

That’s how the Chinese diet & food system has been.

But that is harder with COVID to deliver

than more processed Western diets (ironic?)

20) Chinese society’s most profound fight

is against the humiliation of poverty & hunger.

The modern core social contract of the CCP is to provide food and prevent mass hunger.

If CCP fails to deliver food to its citizens—that is the most significant social failure

in Chinese eyes!

21) Every Chinese-born person knows this—

food is the primary way to show both loves

and hospitality.

Even trying to show off, there is too much food.

Many parents/grandparents

who survived the Great Famine

knows that is the hard line that

society can never cross again.

22) As @RodZeidan points out in his thread on the food situation

food deliveries are undoubtedly possible —in wealthier parts of Pudong,

it just takes extremely diligent monitoring

of food/grocery delivery apps

—closing and reopening frequently.

Not everyone is that savvy/wealthy.

23) But elsewhere in the city,

there are scenes

of looting/mob attacking food shipments too.

There are many other small protest videos too—

but you get the idea.

It’s not everywhere, but it is happening often I’m told.

ארגון הבריאות העולמי עוקב אחרי ההתפרצות של נגיף הקורונה בסין,

החמורה מאילו שאירעו במדינה מאז התחלת המגיפה

WHO says it closely watching China as it grapples with its worst Covid surge of the pandemic

Food shipments in China are very time-sensitive due to our poor cold chain.

Most Chinese want “fresh,” not frozen or refrigerated foods.

This is why massive amounts of food have been lost to spoilage in Shanghai, as trucks could not make timely deliveries.

Tweeted initially by Naomi Wu 机械妖姬 (@RealSexyCyborg) on 9th April 2022.

Some countries were founded in a fight against fascism and freedom from colonial powers- every nationality has its buttons you do not push if you don’t want people in the street. In China, our fight was against the humiliation of colonialism and the humiliation of poverty.

Originally tweeted by Naomi Wu 机械妖姬 (@RealSexyCyborg) on 9th April 2022.

🧵

Living in the toughest lockdown in the world.

Closed supermarkets. No public transport. Deliveries are almost impossible.

I shot this video on the busiest street in Pudong, Shanghai, on April 8, 2 PM.

Our daily life is reasonably representative of the current conditions

It consists of the following:
1) Eating what we can, not what we want

(we have 25 lbs of mango for three people!)
2) Being tested every day
3) Being afraid of testing positive and being sent to centralized quarantine.
4) Spending hours every day managing food purchases.
5) Not being allowed to walk around the compound without authorization.
6) Request special permits from the compound manager

to leave to pick up medicine at the nearby clinic.
7) Moving to online teaching

(NYU Shanghai has already announced remote instruction for the remainder

of the semester).


8) Feeling anxious from the uncertainties,

as rules change, and we don’t know when the lockdown will end.

Is there a good side? Yes, the burgeoning sense of community. We help and are helped (more the latter than the former) by our neighbors. We can count on

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them.

But really, we turned into hunters/gatherers. We are Brazilians. Instead of complaining, we get things done. “Woe is I” is not allowed in a household where people have lived through hyperinflation:

Our compound got locked down on March 24

. We could still make in-app purchases. On the 27th, the government announced that my entire area (Pudong) would close.
No food deliveries are allowed. At all. We weren’t unprepared,

but we didn’t have the four-day shopping window

סין סגר אילוסטרציה

that people in Puxi got (supermarkets were raided and stripped bare).

The lockdown was supposed to end on April 1,

but everything remained closed.

Our priorities turned to procure as much food and water as possible.
There are three ways to do that: government food delivery,

community shopping and making do with delivery apps

Since March 24, we have received two food packages from our district,

which you can see in the pictures. I can’t count on it.

Ordering things by Mei Tuan or Ele Ma (the leading delivery apps) is almost a full-time job.

You have to keep opening and closing the apps to see if there is a store with something available. That's my responsibility. We got some stuff here and there and finally contacted a delivery person directly.

We tip him well to find some basic staples (thank you, Google translate!).

My stepson's birthday cake? You can see it in the picture.

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Finally, there are community purchases.

Here’s how it works: someone from the compound finds a wholesaler and tries to place a large order. A WeChat group is created (the ubiquitous messaging app in China), and whoever wants to join does.

My wife is a member of the rice, milk, milk and yogurt group

(yes, they are two separate groups), fruit, wheat, and meat groups, to name a few.
The fruit group placed an order for strawberries and mango. But the minimum order was 25lbs of mango and 8lbs of strawberry.

Yogurt is on its way.

The minimum order for wheat is 11 lbs. So now we have mango to last us a lifetime (well, not really, but at least a lockdown lifetime).

Neighbors also help each other.

We have two packs of salt for a neighbor. Another gave us ten apples (she got her hands on

a 35lbs box of golden delicious).

We have to make do with basic staples

. No “gringo food.”

(forget the cheese, for instance)

. We don’t want to do like the German guy and ask for San Pellegrino.

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The answer from a neighbor: "we are here to deal with essential staples, not to waste our time on your first-world problems."

From the chicken group, my wife acquired two whole chickens.

Meat! The chickens arrived, but they came whole, with heads and feet, which we don’t eat.

We wrote our neighbors. Does anyone want chicken feet and heads?

Immediately, a neighbor showed up. Another neighbor desperately asked if anyone had a fish head for similar reasons. Alas, we had no luck buying fish.

That is the reality at the moment. It looks like some supermarkets are opening for deliveries. It will get better. At least here, nobody is going berserk and attacking the convoys who bring food to compounds. Here are a couple of videos where things get out of hand.

The Shanghai government made a lot of mistakes

. It dilly-dallied on announcing a proper lockdown. It wasn’t prepared for the scale of the problems. Authorities created bad rules, like separating parents and children if only one tested positive.

But things are slowly getting better.

The dumbest rules are abandoned. Protocols to avoid new scenes like killing a person’s pet are created. But there is still a long way to go before returning to everyday life.

Whether or not we can get back to zero covid, we shouldn’t experience a lockdown as severe as this one.
Here are some silly examples of improvements in the last few days.

We did covid tests daily.

We had to log into an app to create a QR code for each family member every time.

Today, a new app came out. We registered, and the code is valid for the next 30 days.

We no longer need to waste time on this task,

among many others.
Supply centers are also being created to improve food distribution.

Being able to order food will be a massive relief for everyone.

As Brazilians, we survived much worse.

We could take up some suitcases and leave for the summer.

But this is our home.

We trust that the government will get its act together

. Shanghai authorities, don’t let us down!

PS: Why could I shoot some videos while cycling through the city?

I had a special dispensation from our compound manager to pick up medicines from the nearby clinic. I own a bike, and I have a reputation as a trustworthy neighbor.

Victory (also for the cats in our compound!)

Twitted initially by @Frances_Coppola

A message in Portuguese.

Please note that I am in the middle of the busiest road in Pudong, Shanghai.

I could have slept there without any fear of being run over.

Tweeted initially by Rodrigo Zeidan (@RodZeidan) on 9th April 2022.

Originally tweeted by Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) on 10th April 2022.

China’s Economic Activity Collapses

Under Xi’s Covid Zero Policy

Bloomberg News

May 16, 2022, 5:00 AM GMT+3

  • Factory output and retail plunged in April;
  • joblessness rose
  • Economists say Covid restrictions mean slow recovery.
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