DESPERATE Shanghai residents have been filmed breaching a cordon to get supplies as 26 million people face the world’s toughest Covid lockdown.
A swarm of people rush towards a dismantled barrier, pushing past panicked officers in blue PPE.
A helpless officer tries to rebuild a gate that the group pushed aside as they approach government supplies.
Some members of the mob push past the barricade and run towards the rations.
The video, posted on Twitter, was captioned: “Food riot in Shanghai – China’s largest and most prosperous city – under Covid lockdown.”
shanghai Residents were locked in their homes with orders not to leave them, even to go grocery shopping.
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 grapples with the biggest Covid outbreak on record.
In another clip, a man can be heard yelling desperately out his window, “We’re starving, when’s food?!”
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.
The world’s third largest city has been in full Covid lockdown since April 5 and food stocks are said to be running low China‘s government is struggling to deal with it.
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.the-sun.com/news/5095174/starving-shanghai-residents-break-through-cordon/ Moment starving Shanghai residents breach the cordon to get supplies amid the world’s toughest lockdown