Starvation in Xi’an Reported as Cases Surge and Lockdowns Intensify

Residents of Xi’an City in China’s Shaanxi Province reported that they are facing starvation on their 7th day of lockdown.  

Xi’an, a city with 13 million residents has been placed under strict regulations since December 9 after recording several cases of COVID-19. 

On December 23, Xi’an announced it would confine its residents at home but as the lockdown continues, many said they are running out of food and pleading for help on social media, posts that were deleted from trending searches.

On Monday, the Xi’an government told residents to stay home unless they were going out to get tested.

Eventually, citizens were totally barred from leaving their homes to buy groceries and residents say they’re running out of food.

“I haven’t even had one mouthful of vegetables to eat, I’ve been having millet grains in water for five days,” said one user on social media platform Weibo. “I can’t eat this anymore, I’m going to starve to death in my own neighborhood.”

Residents also said they tried buying groceries online but were dismayed by the high prices.

China’s commerce ministry spokesman Gao Feng said they had been coordinating with six neighboring provinces to ensure the supply of daily necessities and would be conducting grocery deliveries.

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