CROWDS of residents in China have been filmed breaching a cordon in dramatic footage allegedly showing them rushing to eat – while 26 million face the world’s toughest Covid lockdown.
Footage from Changzhou, Jiangsu, saw the group pushing towards a dismantled barrier and pushing past panicked officers wearing blue PPE.
A helpless officer tries to rebuild a gate pushed aside by the group, some members of the mob push past the barricade.
The video posted to Twitterwas captioned: “Food riot in Shanghai – China’s largest and wealthiest city – under Covid lockdown.”
but shanghai Residents who are confined even to shop for groceries with orders not to leave their homes, dispute the context of the footage.
There are claims that the clip is actually about people rushing to get PCR tests at another tense moment during the pandemic.
People have been ordered to order food and water while awaiting government shipments of vegetables, meat and eggs.
But with services overwhelmed, some are starving, fueling public anger as the city faces its biggest ever covid Outbreak.
It comes as heartbreaking videos are circulating online of starving shoppers raiding a supermarket.
Desperate looters looking for food are seen rummaging through crates and fleeing with packaged goods after breaching barriers.
Chinese authorities initially planned a phased lockdown of the eastern and western parts of the city on March 28.
But that measure was extended citywide with no scheduled end on April 5, as cases in Shanghai rose to record highs.
A record 21,000 positive cases were registered in the city on Friday as authorities ramped up a strict program of mass testing.
Some people have been completely barred from leaving their homes to get supplies for more than two weeks.
Disturbing The footage captured the moment ordinary citizens in Shanghai began screaming from their windows after being banned from leaving their homes for over a week.
The video originally shared on Chinese social media shows the shanghai night skyline, with dozens of high-rise residential buildings visible.
Dozens of screaming voices can be heard spontaneously in the background, apparently from different places.
Outrage has grown in the area over claims that parents will be separated from their children if they test positive. BBC reported.
Shanghai authorities modified their response to allow parents who were also infected to join their children in isolation centers. However, Reuters understands that this has not been applied to all cases.
A pet corgi has been bludgeoned to death after its owner tested positive for Covid amid the strict lockdown.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18225547/starving-shanghai-residents-break-through-cordon/ Moment Chinese residents break through the cordon to get supplies amid the world’s toughest lockdown