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Another Pet Dog Beaten to Death by Healthcare Worker, Growing Frustration with Shanghai’s Covid Response

After the same thing happened in Shangrao and Huizhou, another pet dog was now killed by a healthcare worker in Shanghai.

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On the evening of April 6, photos and a video of a corgi dog being beaten to death by a Shanghai healthcare worker flooded Chinese social media after the WeChat account ‘corgi sh’ posted about the incident.

The post included screenshots of comments provided by the person who allegedly recorded the incident with their phone. The person, nicknamed ‘Isabella,’ confirmed that the incident happened in Pudong District in Shanghai. The dog’s owner had allegedly been taken away for quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19, after which the pet dog was killed by an anti-epidemic worker with a stick in the middle of the street at Caoluzhen.

In November of 2021, there was major outrage after a video went viral of a pet dog getting killed by anti-epidemic workers in Shangrao while the dog owner was undergoing quarantine at a nearby hotel. In March of 2022, a very similar incident happened again in Huizhou, when a Samoyed dog was beaten to death by anti-epidemic workers while its owners were quarantined elsewhere in Huizhou. Both incidents were caught on home security cameras.

The latest Shanghai dog killing incident did not happen inside the home, but on the streets of Pudong. “This is ruthless and cruel,” some Weibo commenters said.

The corgi dog was out on the street after its owners were taken away to a designated isolation site. The dog’s owner responded in a community WeChat group that they had let their dog out on the street for the community to take care of it since they feared the dog would starve to death if they would just leave it behind inside their home without enough food to eat.

Once outside, the woman’s husband had wanted to bring the dog back inside their home, supposedly thinking it would be safer inside, but they were not allowed to bring the dog back inside and had to leave the dog behind.

Other members in the WeChat group stated that the neighborhood committee had allegedly said that the dog owners no longer wanted their dog, and others said that no dogs were allowed to roam freely within the community premises.

Shanghai’s Pudong has been in lockdown since March 28. The lockdowns in the city have been extended due to the rising Covid-19 numbers, and many people throughout the city are struggling to get groceries and supplies delivered, including vegetables, medicine, and pet food. Besides complaints about food deliveries and availability of medicine, there has also been online worry and anger over health services being inadequate and people needing urgent care not getting the help they need.

There have also been many complaints about the quarantine locations being unhygienic, overcrowded, and mismanaged. Parents have been worried to be separated from their children if they test positive for Covid; news about young children being separated from their parents at Jinshan District in Shanghai also sparked anger last week. At one location in Shanghai, fights broke out over food, water, and other supplies on Monday.

In the community WeChat group, the dog’s owner said: “We hoped to let him outside and be like a stray dog. We didn’t want him to starve to death. As long as he could live it would be ok. We never expected that he would be beaten to death the moment we had left.”

The predicament the dog owners faced is one that many residents who are being taken away for quarantine are facing. Many not just worry about what will happen to their pets after they leave, but also worry about their younger and older family members. Earlier this month, one person called out for help on Weibo after a 10-year-old girl was left by herself at home after her parents had gone off to an isolation site. Another person wrote for help on Tuesday about a 98-year-old grandmother being all alone in the apartment with nobody to take care of her.

For many people, the situations they face in light of isolation are scarier than the virus itself. Many on social media have therefore commented that they are not necessarily afraid of getting Covid, but more afraid of being taken away for quarantine after testing positive.

“Didn’t they say early on that pets can’t spread the virus?” one Weibo commenter wondered. A poster showing a cat saying “I can’t transmit covid19, please don’t abandon or hurt me” has been circulating on social media for months, issued by Chinese state media outlet People’s Daily. The Shanghai Center for Disease Prevention and Control previously stated it is unlikely for small pets to get Covid19, and that they therefore should not need to be screened.

I can’t transmit covid19, please don’t abandon or hurt me

“They were still promoting how you could isolate together with your pet last year – what changed?” one person asked.

By Wednesday night, local time, a video of the Shanghai dog killing incident had received over 224,000 likes, 77,000 shares and nearly 20,000 comments on Weibo.

“I’m so furious it’s making me cry,” some people in the comment section write: “This is Shanghai? What on earth are they doing?!”

For more articles on the Covid-19 topics on Chinese social media, check here.

By Manya Koetse

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Anger over Guangzhou Anti-Epidemic Staff Picking Locks, Entering Homes

While these Guangzhou homeowners were quarantined at a hotel, anti-epidemic staff broke their door locks and entered their homes.

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Dozens of homeowners in Guangzhou, Guangdong, were angered to find out the locks of their apartment doors were broken during their mandatory hotel quarantine.

The residents had gone to a quarantine location after a positive Covid case in their building. Afterward, anti-epidemic staff had entered their homes for disinfection and to check if any residents were still inside.

The incident happened earlier this month in an apartment complex in the Liwan district of the city.

The incident first gained attention on July 10 when various videos showing the broken door locks were posted online. During the morning, the property management had conducted an ’emergency inspection’ of 84 households. The doors were later sealed.

The case went trending again on July 18 when the residential district apologized to all homeowners for the break-ins and promised to compensate them.

“What’s the use of apologizing?” some Weibo commenters wondered. “Where is the law? If this even happens in Guangzhou now and people in Guangdong put up with this, what else will they dare to do in the future?”

On Chinese social media, most comments on the Guangzhou incident were about the break-ins allegedly being unlawful.

Media reporter and Toutiao author Kai Lei (@凯雷), who has over two million followers on Weibo, said the incident showed that those breaking in “had no regard for the law.”

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Beijing Communities Asking People to Wear Electronic Monitoring Wristband during Home Quarantine

“It’s almost like wearing electronic handcuffs. I don’t want to wear this,” one tech blogger wrote after being asked to wear a monitoring wristband during home quarantine.

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Social media posts from Beijing residents claiming that they were asked to wear electronic monitoring wristbands during home quarantine have prompted angry reactions on Weibo.

“Last week, I went on a work trip to Guangzhou and before I returned to Beijing I did the nucleic acid tests in time. I also reported my home isolation to authorities and received the antigen tests. In the middle of the night, I then received a notification from my community that they are giving me an electric bracelet to wear,” one Beijing resident writes on Weibo on July 14: “If they need to monitor my health, I’ll cooperate with temperature checks and nucleic acid tests at the door, but I cannot accept this so-called 24-hour electronic monitoring.”

Similar stories by Beijing residents returning back to the city after traveling have popped up on Chinese social media over the past few days. Tech blogger Dahongmao (@大红矛) – who has over 170,000 followers on Weibo – also shared their wristband experience, writing:

After returning to Beijing from a business trip, I reported to the community on my own initiative, and also volunteered to take the tests and stay in home isolation. Seeing that I could go out, a lady from the community called me and said that there was a new policy again and that all people in home quarantine must wear an electronic bracelet, and that it would be delivered to me that night. She explained that it is used to check the body temperature and that they could conveniently monitor body temperature data on the phone. I said that I had already strictly followed Beijing’s requirements in accordance with the anti-epidemic work. If this bracelet can connect to the internet, it definitely is also able to record my movements and it’s almost like wearing electronic handcuffs. I don’t want to wear this. If you want to know my temperature, just come to the door and check me, that’s fine, I’m also still clocking in to do antigen testing everyday. She said it’s a requirement from higher-up and that I shouldn’t make it difficult for her, I said I would not want to make it difficult for her but that she could tell those above her that I won’t wear it. If you insist that I wear it, you’ll have to come up with the documents that prove that it’s a Beijing government requirement and that this is not some unlicensed company trying to make a profit.

As more stories started surfacing about Beijing compounds asking residents to wear electronic bracelets during their home isolation, various hashtags related to the issue made their rounds on Chinese social media and photos taken by people wearing the bracelets also were posted online.

Photos of the wristband’s packaging show the electronic wristband is manufactured by Beijing Microsense Technology (北京微芯感知科技有限公司), a local Beijing company established in April of 2020 that is located in the city’s Haidian District.

These stories raised concerns online, especially because the wristband had not been announced as a policy by the city’s official health authorities.

“Resist the craziness,” one Weibo user wrote: “Our personal freedom is covertly being limited, and there’s people making a profit behind it.” “This is becoming more and more like one big prison,” one Zhejiang-based blogger wrote.

Tech blogger Dahongmao later updated their Weibo story about the bracelets, saying the community staff had come back to retrieve the electronic bracelets on Thursday afternoon because they had received “too many complaints.” News of the wristbands being recalled after too many complaints also became a hashtag on Weibo (#大量投诉质疑后社区回收电子手环#).

Chinese state media commentator Hu Xijin (@胡锡进), who is Beijing-based, also responded to the controversy, emphasizing that the bracelets had already been retrieved by community workers and that Beijing city would not force people to wear electronic wristbands during home quarantine. “I wonder if this adjustment was made due to the pressure of public opinion,” Hu wrote: “But even if it was, let us encourage this kind of respect shown in the face of public discontent and opposition.” He also made a video about the incident for his Hu Says series.

Earlier on Thursday, Hu had called some of the posts about the electronic wristbands “unfounded rumors” because people returning to Beijing from low-risk regions inside of China do not even need to isolate at home at all.

According to the official guidelines, individuals arriving (back) in Beijing must have a green health code and a negative nucleic acid test obtained within 48 hours. Only those individuals coming in from overseas must complete a 7-day centralized quarantine plus 3-day home isolation. Secondary contacts of confirmed cases will also be asked to do 7 days of home quarantine.

“Don’t say it’s just rumors,” one Weibo user wrote: “I’m wearing one [a wristband] right now. I had to, because my roommate returned from a trip.”

Blogger Dahongmao responded to Hu’s post about the wristband, saying: “Hu, if you are really concerned about this, then help to ask the relevant departments about these three questions. 1) Why doesn’t this consumer electronic product have the nationally required 3C certificate? 2) How come this anti-epidemic product doesn’t have medical device certification? 3) Without these two certificates, how did this [company] enter the purchasing list of the government for the Winter Olympics?”

As reported by Jiemian News, the same company that allegedly produced these wristbands also manufactured a smart wearable temperature measurement device called a “temperature band-aid,” which was used in the Olympic Village during the Beijing Winter Olympics.

On the late afternoon of July 14, the Beijing Municipal Health Commission responded to the online concerns about the electronic wristband, reportedly saying that home isolation is only necessary for people returning to Beijing from inside of China if they are coming from high-risk areas, and that there is no official policy in place regarding the need to wear electronic bracelets.

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By Manya Koetse
With contributions by Miranda Barnes

 

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