Shanghai Lockdown Leads to Food Shortages and Riots

Reports of millions in Shanghai and other Chinese cities struggling to secure food and medicine have been circulating across social media as China remains under harsh lockdown to curb COVID-19 cases.

Riots have been breaking out during past week, with residents complaining about lacking food and starving to death.

A video from Twitter showed a man from Shanghai’s Putuo District screaming on the phone to the authorities, “My parents are locked down for two months. The Shanghai city government is inhumane.”

Some residents that were arrested for rioting were quickly released because prisons did not have enough food. In a recording of a caller’s conversation with the city police, the previously released protester complained he has run out of food with only tap water left.

“We don’t even know where we can buy food outside,” the cop admitted. Several parts of the recording had been censored.

Drones flew around the city last week, a video from Weibo showed, warning people to stop protesting and stay indoors.

“Please comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Control your soul’s desire for freedom. Do not open the window or sing,” a drone was recorded announcing, according to a translation by The Economist.

After a soaring rise in cases of the Omicron BA.2 subvariant of COVID-19, Chinese authorities on Thursday opted to put Shanghai in total lockdown until the cases are brought down to zero. Logistics was hit hard under the city’s stringent measures.

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