According to Chinese media, recently, a boy was abandoned by his parents at the ticket gate at Baotou city train station in Inner Mongolia, China, because they could not wait for the nucleic acid test results. This news has attracted public attention. The boy’s father has been detained for 15 days for hitting a station employee, and the chaos caused by strict epidemic prevention regulations in China has once again caused heated discussions.
According to a Sohu report, on August 13, a six or seven-year-old boy lost his parents at Baotou train station in Inner Mongolia. An investigation found that the boy’s parents were about to board the train when officials persuaded them to return to the waiting room. However, the boy’s father, Fan, suddenly beat the station staff and was overpowered by the police.
Fan has been detained for 15 days and fined $74 for causing trouble.
According to the report, Fan and his family took a bus to Beijing that day. However, due to waiting for his son’s nucleic acid test result for so long, he left his child alone at the ticket gate and asked the station staff to take the child to him later.
Sound Of Hope said the news later became a hot search, although related reports only emphasized that Fan abandoned the child and hit some people. However, many netizens said the parent’s action was a helpless act before the Chinese regime’s cold-blooded ‘Zero-Covid policy.”
Another said: “It’s not that they did not do the nucleic acid test, but did not receive a test result. Parents are also cooperating to prevent the epidemic, but every day is affected by nucleic acid testing beyond endurance. It is wrong for this father to leave his child, but low-risk areas have to do nucleic acid every day, is (the authorities) sick?”
Other netizens said, “Zero-Covid” has made intelligence and patience reach zero, epidemic prevention workers are like robots, and ordinary people are on the verge of mental collapse.”
Another lamented: “I even dreamed of being poked in the throat, when will these repeated miserable days end?”
According to Sound Of Hope, since the COVID-19 epidemic broke out in mainland China more than two years ago, Chinese authorities have consistently applied a strict “Zero-Covid” policy. However, the chaos and controversy over epidemic prevention across the country are also immeasurable.
Under the Zero-Covid policy, Chinese people’s work and life were seriously affected, and the Chinese economy also began to decline. During this time, many small and medium-sized enterprises were closed down, mainly exporting and processing. The government also uses the health code to maintain stability, making it difficult for homeowners to sue for unfinished prepaid houses and preventing people from going to the bank to withdraw money.
In addition, according to Deutsch Welle, in the cities of Guangzhou and Shanghai, there were also some cases of neighborhood committees forcibly breaking into people’s houses to disinfect. This brutal act is not different from bandits and makes ordinary people feel insecure.
There were also absurd incidents in which the lawyer could not be present in court due to the “yellow code,” and the court had to dismiss the lawsuit.
According to Deutsch Welle, the “Zero-Covid” policy also causes a tremendous erosion of talent. According to statistics, Chinese citizens’ immigration has decreased by 79% compared to 2019. This number sharply reduced for foreign nationals to only 4.6% in 2019.
Wang Huiyao, chairman of the Center for China and Globalization, commented in the British Financial Times that: “China-based staff in foreign multinationals have been unable to return to headquarters for knowledge sharing, training and networking. Similarly, it has been difficult for employees of Chinese multinationals to venture out to forge personal connections and gain first-hand experience in local markets.”
Wang Huiyao pointed out that the migration of foreign talent exacerbates this disconnect. For example, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China estimates that up to half of Europeans may have left China since the COVID-19 epidemic began.
According to Deutsch Welle, the British Chamber of Commerce in China also estimates that 40% to 60% of foreign teachers will leave China this year.