Let’s hope Andrew Cuomo and Joe Biden don’t get wind of it, but authorities in Wuhan have resumed the practice, begun early last year, of welding citizens into their homes to limit the spread of COVID-19. (RELATED: Cuomo: I’ll fine doctors up to $1M if they vaccinate someone who isn’t eligible yet)
It’s unclear whether the inhumane practice was ordered in reaction to the dense hordes of residents who flocked to the city’s Customs House clock tower on New Year’s Eve to usher in 2021 with cheering and balloons. Whatever the basis for the order, officials in anti‑contamination jumpsuits are now making the rounds with blowtorches in hand to seal residents inside their homes.
— Jennifer Zeng 曾錚 (@jenniferatntd) January 3, 2021
The first time around, the practice created enormous hardships for those imprisoned in their homes. Reuters interviewed a 19-year-old woman in March via WeChat, who reported back that her “family had eaten the same combination of white rice, cabbage and peanuts for three weeks … stinting on portions due to limits on the numbers of people from each household allowed out to shop.”
Back then, in the early days of the pandemic, the CCP took other extreme measures to contain the outbreak. On March 8, 2020, The Guardian reported that roads leading out of the city were “cut with deep trenches or blocked by walls. Even little paths that lead towards farmland have been destroyed. Swim down a river? There are nets to catch you.”
(h/t Weasel Zippers)