A fire in Xinjiang, China, sparks anger over ‘zero Covid’ policy

A fire in Xinjiang, China, sparks anger over ‘zero Covid’ policy

A fire in Xinjiang, China, sparks anger over ‘zero Covid’ policy

A fire that has killed many in Xinjiang, northwest China, has sparked outrage on social media over Beijing’s strict “zero Covid” policy, which netizens say has slowed relief efforts.

Ten people were killed and nine others injured in a fire at a residential building in Xinjiang province, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

Since Friday, news circulating on social networks in China and abroad confirms that the quarantine imposed in the city due to the Covid-19 pandemic has hampered the arrival of firefighters at the scene.

At the same time, videos showed groups of people taking to the streets of Ürümqi to protest the restrictions.

In China, dissatisfaction with the government’s tough anti-epidemic policy is growing. Sporadic and sometimes violent protests have erupted in several cities in recent days, including at the world’s largest US iPhone factory owned by Taiwanese giant Foxconn in downtown Zhengzhou.

Despite the availability of many vaccines, and unlike the rest of the world, China continues to implement strict restrictions to prevent injuries and deaths.

This policy requires the imposition of strict restrictions as soon as injuries are registered, quarantining those who test positive and imposing near-daily “BCR” checks to allow people to enter locations.

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