China’s Latest Zero-COVID Lockdowns Spark Rare Public Dissent
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China has recorded its highest number of daily Covid cases since the pandemic began, despite stringent measures designed to eliminate the virus. Several major cities including the capital Beijing and southern trade hub Guangzhou are experiencing outbreaks. Wednesday saw 31,527 cases recorded compared with an April peak of 28,000. The latest lockdown measures have been imposed in the city of Zhengzhou, home to the world’s largest iPhone factory, in the video published on Nov. 24, 2022, by BBC News, as “Record daily China Covid cases despite strict lockdowns – BBC News“, below:
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Unrest is growing in China over strict COVID-19 lockdown measures. Protests have broken out in several parts of the country, including in the Xinjiang region, where many people have been barred from leaving their homes for more than three months. Protests in the regional capital Urumqi came after an apartment block fire killed ten people. Some residents say the restrictions on movement hampered rescue efforts. Growing frustration over the lockdowns almost three years after the pandemic broke out is increasingly putting Beijing’s ‘Zero-Covid’ policy under pressure, in the video published on Nov. 26, 2022, by DW News, as “Protests grow throughout China over COVID-19 lockdowns | DW News“, below:
Protests at the world’s biggest iPhone factory are escalating. Employees at the world’s biggest Apple iPhone factory have been beaten and detained in protests over contract disputes amid anti-virus controls, according to employees and videos posted on social media Wednesday. Videos on Chinese social media that said they were filmed at the factory in the central city of Zhengzhou showed thousands of people in masks facing rows of police in white protective suits with plastic riot shields. For days, workers have been leaving the plant in Henan province, only to be met with violence by police in haz-mat suits. At the center of the protests: China’s zero-Covid measures and the poor working conditions that accompany them, in the video published on Nov. 25, 2022, by DW News, as “Violent protests against lockdown, working conditions continue at Apple supplier Foxconn| DW News“, below:
There is no end in sight to China’s zero-COVID strategy, even as public discontent reaches a fever pitch after almost three years of continuous lockdowns and disruptions to the economy. And despite authorities’ efforts to stamp out the virus, new cases in recent weeks are on an upwards trend. Over the past 24 hours the number of daily cases hit a new record, with Beijing reporting more than 31,000 new cases nationwide on Thursday, the highest number since the pandemic began. In several cities, millions of people are being confined to their homes, in the video published on Nov. 25, 2022, by DW News, as “China’s zero-COVID policy pushes society to the limit | DW News“, below:
Beijing shut parks and museums as China faces its largest outbreak of COVID in six months. Authorities confirmed more than 28,000 cases Monday and the first official COVID fatalities since May. The numbers might seem relatively low, but despite some recent adjustments, Beijing maintains the strictest COVID policy in the world. As Nick Schifrin reports, lockdowns are sparking rare public dissent, in the video published on Nov. 23, 2022, by PBS NewsHour, as “China’s latest zero-COVID lockdowns spark rare public dissent“, below:
Zero Covid Policy Causes Mass Uprising | Protests Escalate In Guangzhou Over Covid Restrictions ‘Give us our pay!’ Hundreds of iPhone plant workers reportedly shouted as they clashed with authorities in China. Tension reached a boiling point at Foxconn’s flagship iPhone plant in Zhengzhou as workers revolted against the country’s strict zero-Covid policy and a plan to delay bonus payments, in the video published on Nov. 25, 2022, by CNN-News18, as “Zero Covid Policty Causes Mass Uprising| Protests Escalate In Guangzhou Over Covid Restrictions“, below:
Covid cases have hit a record in China. The country is reporting upwards of 31,000 active cases- which is the highest since the beginning of the pandemic. Does the outbreak point at a new global wave? Should you too brace for a lockdown? Listen in to Molly Gambhir, in the video published on Nov. 24, 2022, by WION, as “Gravitas | Record high Covid cases in China: Is this 2020 all over again?” below:
All of China’s major cities are in some form of lockdown, subject to mass testing, school closures and work from home orders. The country is facing what could turn out to be its most severe wave of Covid cases since the start of the pandemic. This morning in Zhengzhou, workers from the iPhone product line at Foxconn showed the anger that is being shared across much of the country right now. They smashed up the Covid test booths which have been set up in the factory premises, and confronted those who’ve been enforcing the isolation they’ve been forced to live and work in as they keep production going, in the video published on Nov. 23, 2022, by ITV News, as “China’s zero-Covid policy pushes young people to emigrate abroad | ITV News“, below:
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