Several provinces, including Zhejiang and Anhui as well as Chongqing, are implementing a new policy that permits workers with little symptoms or no symptoms to return to work due to a serious scarcity of fast test kits.
The hashtag associated with this news has been read 33 million times since Monday on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter. Fury and shock are present.
200 people have liked a comment that says, “Our lives are worthless like ants. There has been no preparation in the past three years, and all of a sudden the limitations are withdrawn and you are permitted to go to work when ill.”
Another remark with almost 1,000 likes says, “Just a few months ago, folks would get jailed for showing up to work while testing positive.”
Even some abroad Chinese Chinese who recently came back to China following a reduction in the hotel quarantine time were shocked to learn how quickly the virus was spreading.
“I hadn’t had Covid in a few years while I was living abroad, but I acquired it a few days after I returned… If you can avoid leaving the nation recently, don’t return, one user on another well-known social networking platform Xiaohongshu stated. “Everyone I know is getting Covid and having a fever.
The Chinese internet has been filled with messages in the last two weeks on how people were surviving the illness.
Videos of young toddlers bringing food and water to their sick parents while showing no symptoms have been making the rounds in Chinese media.
To prevent spreading their social isolation to family members, several have demonstrated their innovative strategies.
In the midst of a nationwide medication scarcity, media outlets have also tried to highlight instances of civic pride.
On Weibo, there are countless videos of people packaging up painkillers they don’t need and giving them to those who need.
Publications are urging people to show kindness to the dedicated medical workers and highlighting instances in which this has been done.
For instance, the news website The Paper has highlighted a man’s hoarse call to a government operator in Chengdu who is coughing into the phone.
He tells her, “Don’t worry, there’s no problem,” and then he hangs up. Please look for yourself.
In their “trending” story lists, social media sites in China frequently try to highlight good news against the odds.
In the past 24 hours, the hashtag #PersistentDoctorsandNursesWorkHard has become popular, and state media has praised their contributions on the front lines.
However, the unbiased South China Morning Post has been covering how new protests have broken out among medical students calling for “better pay” and security on China’s front lines over the past week.
These have not been mentioned in state-run media. However, since they show opposition to the status quo, protest photographs and recordings are frequently suppressed.
This is exactly happened last month when protests broke out all throughout the nation in response to the stringent Covid-19 regulations.
However, reports of the health industry becoming overburdened have been widespread. Since the media has been reporting on “long lines” outside outpatient centers and fever clinics being under “severe pressure,” thousands of retired medical professionals have been recalled to the front lines.
The number of calls to the emergency services is “increasing,” according to newspapers in numerous large cities, and they have asked people not to contact unless it is absolutely necessary.
On Weibo, there are countless pictures of medical professionals dozing off at their desks. There have also been pictures of weary workers getting IV infusions.
In the last 24 hours, a video of a man pleading on his knees for his child to be treated at a fever clinic in Guangdong, the province with the highest number of cases, was posted on social media, and more than 10 million viewers have watched it.
The medical professional replies, “I’m also on my knees… This is how it is, there are lines that last for 6 to 8 hours.
Everyone is waiting, even young children and senior citizens; you are not alone.