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China nails doors, imprisons people inside homes in all-out bid to contain virus

Screen grab showing main doors locked with rods (Photo: YouTube)

China is taking drastic measures to contain the nationwide resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic. Videos on Chinese social media have emerged showing authorities nailing the main doors of people to prevent them from coming out.

China is currently confronting as fresh eruption of the delta strain of the virus in numerous cities. Taiwan News reports that numerous videos on Chinese social media appear "to show officials locking residents inside their homes in an apparent repeat of the extreme tactics seen in Wuhan at the start of the pandemic".

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On 9 August 2021, China's National Health Commission announced 143 new infections in at least 17 provinces making it the largest number since 20 January this year. The virus has spread to different parts though numbers are low.

China, which has successfully kept the virus under control since last year, witnessed a spread after airport workers in Nanjing contracted the virus from a Russian flight last month. Some cases of the virus were also found spreading through the China-Myanmar border in China's south-west.

Videos on Weibo, Twitter and YouTube show officials in hazmat suits hammering iron bars over the main doors of people's homes.

Twitter handle @TruthAbtChina has posted videos on Twitter showing officials in hazmat suits nailing apartment doors and sealing iron gates of a building. "The Chinese Communist Party is locking people inside their homes again. If someone in the building tests positive or has positive contact tracing, the whole building gets sealed for 14 to 21 days, sometimes longer", says @TruthAbtChina.

Taiwan news says that another video claims that if people are found to have opened their door more than three times in one day, they will be locked inside.

Another video, originally posted on Chinese social media platform Weibo and later uploaded to Twitter and YouTube, shows several doors being sealed and an announcement being made: "People must not go out. As soon as they are caught, their doors will be sealed."

Check out another video of Chinese workers nailing a rod across the doorway to literally imprison the residents.

Netizens in both China and Taiwan are trying to figure out the names of cities and locations where the videos have been filmed. The part fun and part detective activity looks at road signs, accents of people and other clues to deduct where the videos have been shot. Some of the places identified by social media users include Nanjing City, Zhengzhou City and Xinhua County.

The current level of coronavirus containment measures resemble ones seen at the beginning of 2020 when the pandemic was still an unknown but fearsome entity in China. In late 2019 and in early 2020, China had implemented unprecedented measures by sealing entire buildings, stepping up surveillance and enforcing a complete ban on movement of people.