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WHO chief censored in China after he said its zero-COVID policy is unsustainable

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
  • WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was censored in China after calling the country’s zero-COVID policy unsustainable at a press briefing.
  • The official’s comments, as well as his images and videos containing those comments, were immediately scrubbed from Weibo and WeChat, according to reports.
  • Tedros was seen as an ally of China early in the pandemic when the WHO praised Beijing for its response and echoed its statement that there was “no clear evidence” of human-to-human transmission.
  • In response to Tedros’ comments, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said China hopes relevant people can “view China's policy of epidemic prevention and control objectively” and “refrain from making irresponsible remarks.”

The world’s top health official has reportedly been censored in China after calling its zero-COVID policy unsustainable and stressing the importance of a shift in strategy.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the criticism at a press briefing on Tuesday.

Video: Woman in China forcibly administered COVID test while being pinned down

woman pinned down

Many internet users have been left horrified by a video posted to Twitter that appears to show a woman in China being pinned down as a worker forcibly swabs her mouth for a COVID-19 test.

The video begins with the woman pinned to the floor as a testing site employee sits on top of her. He then forcibly opens her mouth while another testing worker, wearing a protective suit, swabs her mouth for a COVID test. The woman attempts to resist while screaming; however, the testing employee holds her hands under his knees, preventing the woman from moving. 

Panic buying triggered as Shanghai residents are fenced behind metal barriers for ‘hard quarantine’

  • Shanghai residents are now behind metal barriers as the city enters its fourth week of lockdown amid an Omicron outbreak.
  • Government workers and volunteers installed the green fences measuring 2 meters (around 6.5 feet) tall over the weekend across small streets and on entrances to apartment buildings.
  • The move, which authorities describe as “hard quarantine,” falls in line with China’s zero-COVID policy.
  • Beijing has started to fight its own outbreak, with residents mandated to undergo three tests this week.

As Shanghai’s lockdown drags into a grueling fourth week, residents now find themselves trapped behind metal fences, as seen in photos posted on Weibo.

Government workers and volunteers reportedly installed green metal barriers — about 2 meters (around 6.5 feet) tall — in multiple districts over the weekend, blocking small streets and entrances to apartment buildings.