We know now that masks generally don’t do a lot to limit the spread of COVID.
And those lockdowns likewise are of little help.
So China, facing a minor rash of COVID cases, has decided to build metal barriers to stop the virus.
It is Associated Press that explained what’s going on in Shanghai, one of China’s largest cities with a population estimated at 25 million.
The report said government workers were building metal barriers to “block off small streets and entrances to apartment complexes,” as the nation “hardens” its “zero-COVID’ demands.
“In the city’s financial district, Pudong, the barriers — thin metal sheets or mesh fences — were put up in several neighborhoods under a local government directive, according to Caixin, a Chinese business media outlet. Buildings where cases have been found sealed up their main entrances, with a small opening for pandemic prevention workers to pass through,” the report said.
And mass testing is starting in Beijing’s Chaoyang district, which houses three million.
The metal-barrier lockdown may seem like overkill to some. In Beijing, officials said there had been an outbreak with 41 cases of COVID.
And while nationwide, there were 21,796 new cases of COVID reported Sunday, the “vast majority” of those ill were “asymptomatic cases.”
In fact, the fears of a “highly contagious omicron variant” found that there had been hundreds of thousands of cases, “but fewer than 100 deaths” over the last two months.
But the AP said that, by its own analysis, likely was “an undercount.”
“On social media, people posted videos of the new barriers being put up Saturday, with some expressing anger over the measures. The barriers are meant to leave main roads unblocked, Caixin reported,” said AP.
The report said Shanghai had reported 39 new COVID deaths, raising the toll by the end of Saturday to 4,725, according to the National Health Commission.
That city’s lockdowns have drawn attention around the globe, especially because of the “sometimes dangerous consequences” of the government action, which includes people unable to purchase groceries or obtain medical attention.
In one audio that has been released, residents in one Shanghai community protested earlier this month shouting, “Send us food!”
It was removed by censors shortly later.
Earlier, reports documented quarantined people fighting over food, and yet other report said government officials in Shanghai were using droves to instruct residents to “control your soul’s desire for freedom.”
They were being told, “Do not open the window.”
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