Scramble for food in locked-down Shanghai amid reports of killing of pets
One man who violated Covid lockdown norms in Shanghai has approach police, deliberately asking them to arrest him. He did this in the belief that he would get some food in jail.
When another person in the Chinese city was taken into quarantine, his/her pet was beaten back at home.
These are claims being made in several reports and videos on social media.
Remember 2021 when Covid-19 had left thousands in India scrambling for oxygen? Kin of those infected with the virus were seen running from pillar to post to get medical supplies and even to find a grave to bury the dead. Right now, even worse scenes are being reported from China’s most populous city Shanghai.
Shanghai is battling the worst Covid-19 outbreak, pushing nearly 26 million residents into lockdown. The financial hub is under huge pressure to try to contain China’s biggest Covid outbreak since the coronavirus was first discovered in the city of Wuhan, some 800 km (500 miles) to the west, in late 2019.
With strict curbs, millions are increasingly frustrated being confined to their homes and struggling to get daily supplies. According to several reports, they are witnessing a shortage of essential items, including medical supplies.
Residents battling to secure delivery slots for their food are also facing surging prices which the government is keen to keep a lid on.