Chinese people are more frightened of the lockdowns than the coronavirus itself. And there are several reasons for that, as seen in many videos emerging from Shanghai and other places.
One such video footage gaining traction on Twitter shows a woman pinned down by a man for a coronavirus test.
Watch the video here:
The woman was forced to do COVID-test in China. https://t.co/2E5Ba0nf15— Dr. Ware Fong_美国方博士 (@WeisheJiang) April 29, 2022
As the footage begins, the woman is seen lying down on the ground of what appears to be a testing centre with a man on top of her. She is shouting and trying to resist the forced test, but the man pulls her hands under his knees and tightly holds them there.
The man then by force opens the woman's mouth and that's when a healthcare worker dressed in hazmat suit takes a swab sample.
The footage has appalled the internet. "What a horror how they subjugate the poor people,” a user tweeted. “All this is tragic, absolutely unbearable," said another.
Other users shared more alike videos, showing Chinese healthcare workers forcibly entering the resident of an old man last month for the mandatory Covid test.
Chinese government forcing grandma take a mandatory Covid test pic.twitter.com/tD1aZCdj6v— Songpinganq (@songpinganq) March 19, 2022
The footage was first shared on Weibo, and then started circulating on other platforms as well.
The location where the video was shot is unknown, however it comes at a time when residents of Shanghai are struggling under stringent lockdown for over a month.
As a precautionary step, Beijing too has closed over 40 subway stations, about a tenth of the network, and 158 bus routes. Most of the suspended stations and routes are in the Chaoyang district, the hotbed of Beijing's outbreak, a report in The Express Tribune said.
Twelve out of 16 Beijing districts are carrying out the second of three rounds of tests this week, having completed three mass screenings last week.
In the meantime, in Shanghai, there is no end in sight for the lockdown.
After over a month, most people in mainland China's largest city and its financial centre are still not permitted to leave their housing premises.
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