For four consecutive days, the number of new COVID-19 cases in a day in China has exceeded 10,000. Hit a peak of 16,072 cases on November 13. Guangzhou city, the most affected area, topped the list with 4,541 new cases. After Haizhu District declared a lockdown on November 5, the quarantine was extended twice to midnight on November 16. A few days ago, the CCP issued 20 “pandemic optimization” measures, then issued the “14th Five-Year Plan on National Health Information.” Some believe that in three years of experimenting with the “zero-COVID” policy, the CCP has used a type of “electronic leash.”
The continuous lockdown has led to a shortage of supplies and made life very difficult. However, some businesses have taken advantage of this to increase prices.
Netizen @lvbao401 posted a video with the content, “On November 13, the east of Longtan village, Haizhu district, Guangzhou city gave out free vegetables, while the west sold vegetables at a high price of 50 yuan (about $7).”
Luo, a resident in Haizhu district, told Sound of Hope, “The price is really expensive! But right now there is no other way. Once the lockdown happens, vegetable markets and convenience stores won’t open, there are not many supermarkets, and food supplies are limited. Second, vehicles are not allowed to enter locked down areas, and if they do, they will be coded red immediately once they leave and will have to quarantine at home, so won’t the cost of goods go up?” (Recording)
The area of Caitian village, Baiyun district was also locked down on November 13 and people did not have food to eat and began to protest. (Video)
Luo said that there’s no food, so we can’t buy anything even if we wanted to. The lockdowns last so long. We are not being supplied with food in a timely way, something bad is definitely going to happen.” (Recording 2)
A few days ago, the Chinese Communist Party issued 20 pandemic measures, saying that it is necessary to optimize pandemic controls and strictly prohibit extending the lockdown without reason.
On November 14, an employee of a hotel in Junhe neighborhood, Baiyun district told Sound of Hope, “We’re still under lockdown here, the lockdown started on November 2. We can’t go out right now.” (Recording 3)
But some places have begun to ease restrictions. Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province announced that while the number of cases is still increasing, schools will reopen and you don’t to present negative nucleic acid testing certificates when entering public places.
Sound of Hope believes that the CCP’s nearly three-year experiment with public control and health codes has reached a level where it is as easy as turning over your hand, so there is no need to use the “zero-COVID” policy to control the public anymore. In any case, the economy has been severely damaged, possibly even directly shaking the entire management system of the CCP. But easing pandemic restrictions does not mean easing surveillance of the people.
NetEase reported that, on November 9, the CCP announced the “14th Five-Year Plan on National Health Information.” The plan states that by 2025, China will complete the plan that “every citizen will have a fully functional electronic health record and electronic health code.” This means that from then on everyone will “wear” an “electronic leash.”