China’s pursuit of a policy to curb all Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) infections is leading people to commit suicide.
Conservative author and Population Research Institute (PRI) President Steven W. Mosher put forward this claim in an April 9 piece published in the New York Post. He wrote: “The Shanghai lockdown, the largest since the first Wuhan lockdown two years ago, is China’s latest attempt to achieve [zero-COVID]. Like China’s previous efforts to contain the highly infectious [B11529] omicron variant, this one is doomed to fail – although not before extracting an enormous cost.”
“Virtually every person on the planet now recognizes that they are simply going to have to live with [COVID-19] from now on, in the same way that we have learned to live with the seasonal flu. Even countries that clung to China’s mass containment model well into 2021 … are now abandoning it. Yet the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to pursue the impossible dream of [zer0 COVID].”
Mosher cited the lockdown imposed in the eastern city of Shanghai. The financial hub’s 26 million people are confined to their apartments with refrigerators devoid of food items. Leaving their homes could prove to be a dangerous venture as they could be arrested and jailed by city authorities.
The draconian measures to achieve zero-COVID, coupled with the frustrations of Shanghainese imprisoned in their homes, led to novel ways of protesting their predicament. Some yelled out of their apartment windows, lamenting the lack of food. “We have no food to eat. We haven’t eaten in a very long time. We are starving to death,” they screamed.
One starving resident protested in a quieter but more illustrative manner. He rolled his refrigerator onto his balcony and opened its doors to show that he had no food whatsoever.
But some others took the tragic route by jumping off the balconies of their apartment units. One video that went viral showed a couple falling to their deaths. According to Chinese social media users, the distraught husband and his wife opted to take their lives as the lockdown had cost the husband his business.
Quarantined Shanghainese don’t fare any better
Mosher pointed out that while those confined to their homes suffer the serious predicament of hunger, those who test positive for COVID-19 do not fare any better.
“The unlucky ones are those who test positive for COVID-19 each day. Symptomatic or not – and nine out of 10 show no signs of illness – they are hauled off to hastily erected quarantine camps. [But] those sent to mass quarantine camps … have it scarcely better.”
According to the PRI president, the hastily-built quarantine facilities often lack basic necessities. One video taken at the Nanhui isolation camp in Shanghai showed quarantined individuals fighting over limited supplies of blankets, water and food.
He also pointed to the local government of Shanghai separating children from their parents when they return a positive COVID-19 test result. Mosher wrote: “No one, not even small children, is exempted from the quarantine rule. Hundreds of infants and toddlers have been separated from their parents after testing positive.”
An official from the city’s health commission defended the measure as part of COVID-19 “prevention and control work,” reported France 24. Shanghai health official Wu Qianyu said on April 4: “If the child is younger than seven years old, [they] will receive treatment in a public health center. For older children or teenagers, we are mainly isolating them in centralized [quarantine] places.” She clarified that children and their parents can isolate together if both show a positive COVID-19 test.
Mosher concluded his op-ed by arguing that it appears the CCP is seeking to “control the replication of [the Wuhan coronavirus] in the same way [it controls] production” through a “state plan” which includes lockdowns. “But at an even deeper level, I see the CCP’s insistence on lockdowns as an expression of its drive for total control,” he stated.