authorities in Beijing, Chinamoved more than 13 thousand of their negative citizens Covid-19 forcibly from their homes to the quarantine center on Friday (20/5) night.
The move came due to the discovery of 26 new infections in recent days at a residential complex in Nanxinyuan, southeast of Beijing.
“Experts have determined that all residents of Nanxinyuan are undergoing centralized quarantine starting at midnight Saturday, May 21 for seven days in a quarantine hotel,” the authorities from Chaoyang District said, as quoted by Reuters. AFPSaturday (21/5).
“Please cooperate, otherwise you will bear the appropriate legal consequences,” he continued.
Based on photos that spread on social media, this forced relocation used a large vehicle parked outside the complex. Residents carried their suitcases and queued for vehicles in the dark.
“The transfer really made us feel like we were on a battlefield,” wrote one resident who also wrote blogger Liu Guangyu’s real estate on Weibo.
In fact, the residents have tested negative for Covid-19. They have been in self-quarantine at home for several days.
“Many of my neighbors are old or have young children. Some of us have been in lockdown for 28 days since April 23, and we have all tested negative,” wrote another resident on Weibo.
This forced transfer policy is the Chinese government’s latest step in dealing with the spread of Covid-19. This is because the omicron variant of Covid-19 has infected more than 1,300 Beijing residents since the end of April 2022.
This makes the government limit the activities and mobility of the people. As a result, restaurants, schools, and tourist attractions have been closed for an undetermined time.
In addition to forced transfers to quarantine centers, China has also launched other strategies to suppress Covid-19 cases, namely: lockdown stringent restrictions in other cities, long quarantine durations, mass testing and more.