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Video: Shanghai residents scream from buildings amid complete lockdown

Shanghai: Workers unload supplies including boxes of masks in Shanghai on Sunday, April 10, 2022. China's largest city of Shanghai will soon begin lifting lockdown in communities that report no positive cases within 14 days after another round of COVID-19 testing, authorities said Saturday. (AP/PTI Photo) (AP)Premium
Shanghai: Workers unload supplies including boxes of masks in Shanghai on Sunday, April 10, 2022. China's largest city of Shanghai will soon begin lifting lockdown in communities that report no positive cases within 14 days after another round of COVID-19 testing, authorities said Saturday. (AP/PTI Photo) (AP)

  • The financial hub of China reported nearly 25,000 locally transmitted Covid-19 infections on Sunday.

‘Yao ming le’ and ‘yao si’, were the cries heard from high rises of China's most populated district Shanghai which is under the strictest of lockdown after a massive Covid-19 outbreak of the BA.2 variant. 

Shanghai's daily active cases rose above the number China had recorded during the previous waves. The financial hub of China reported nearly 25,000 locally transmitted Covid-19 infections on Sunday.

A video was shared on Twitter by US-based Dr Eric Feigl-Ding which shows Shanghai residents from high rises shouting in frustration over the lockdown. 

“Residents in #Shanghai screaming from high rise apartments after 7 straight days of the city lockdown. The narrator worries that there will be major problems. (in Shanghainese dialect—he predicts people can’t hold out much longer—he implies tragedy)." Ding writes on Twitter. 

Watch the video here

Ding further explains that “'yao ming le' and ‘yao si’ are both expressions meaning “life and death" but they also more literally means “asking for death".

"Narrator eventually implies shit is gonna hit the fan soon if this continues." Dr. Eric Ding further writes.

The Shanghai residents were heard squabbling with local authorities and warning of repercussions, in the video. The locals voiced complaints over food and basic supplies and concern spread that more cities may soon be in the same situation.

Shanghai has been under lockdown since 5 April to control the spread of the infection as part of China's zero Covid policy. All the 26 million people of the city have been ordered to stay at home.

Public Health Scientist Dr Ding says the residents of the apartments are speaking in “Shanghainese", a local dialect. He said the people won't be able to hold out much longer, which could lead to a tragedy.

“The video has been verified by @patrickmadrid's family. It has also been verified by my sources as commonplace. Also, Shanghainese is a local dialect (not really propaganda useful) - only 14 million out of 1.3 billion Chinese even speak. I only speak it because I was born there," he said in another tweet.

The health expert warned that China might be hitting a “breaking point" with Omicron BA.2 variant, which is leading the surge in cases in Shanghai.

Ding further explains that “'yao ming le' and ‘yao si’ are both expressions meaning “life and death" but they also more literally means “asking for death". 

"Narrator eventually implies shit is gonna hit the fan soon if this continues." Dr. Eric Ding further writes. 

The Shanghai residents were heard squabbling with local authorities and warning of repercussions, in the video. The locals voiced complaints over food and basic supplies and concern spread that more cities may soon be in the same situation.

Shanghai has been under lockdown since 5 April to control the spread of the infection as part of China's zero Covid policy. All the 26 million people of the city have been ordered to stay at home.

Public Health Scientist Dr Ding says the residents of the apartments are speaking in “Shanghainese", a local dialect. He said the people won't be able to hold out much longer, which could lead to a tragedy.

“The video has been verified by @patrickmadrid's family. It has also been verified by my sources as commonplace. Also, Shanghainese is a local dialect (not really propaganda useful) - only 14 million out of 1.3 billion Chinese even speak. I only speak it because I was born there," he said in another tweet.

The health expert warned that China might be hitting a “breaking point" with Omicron BA.2 variant, which is leading the surge in cases in Shanghai.

 

"Horrors beyond," said a Twitter user. "Straight out of a dystopian novel. This will give you chills," said another.

Streets of Shanghai are deserted with only healthcare workers, volunteers, delivery personnel or those with special permission allowed to go out.

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