China’s massive COVID-19 lockdowns reportedly trapped a woman at her blind date’s house

Confinement in the Chinese province of Henan STR/AFP/Getty Images

China currently has more than 20 million of its citizens under strict lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but one woman in particular has won particular sympathy for being trapped by quarantine orders in the home of a date. you blind. The woman, identified as Yang, revealed on Chinese social media that she traveled to Zhengzhou from her home in Guangzhou, where because “I am getting older, my family introduced me to more than 10 dates at the blind,” reports NBC News.

It was at blind date No. 5 that Chinese authorities locked down Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province. Wang agreed to meet at the blind date house last Friday so he could “show off his cooking”, Yang said in Shanghai. The paper Monday. The unnamed date barely spoke but “everything else is great,” she added. He “cooks, cleans, works”. Wang later said that she deleted some of her social media clips because their popularity affected her date’s life. “It’s unclear if Wang is still stuck in the apartment,” NBC News reports. COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Henan.

The quirk of China’s hardline “COVID zero” policy may make for the occasional rom-com plot — or horror movie, depending — but it’s no joke for people. confined to their homes with little warning. It is also a very serious matter for President Xi Jinping, Politicsexplained Phelim Kine on Thursday evening.

Xi “explicitly called China’s zero COVID strategy a winning formula that has saved lives, preserved the economy and made Beijing a safe host for the Winter Games” even as “the rest of the world was burning”, Kine wrote. “But with Omicron clearly defying this strategy, both the Chinese [government] and Xi Jinping are facing a critical loss of credibility both domestically and internationally.”

Health experts and economists say China’s zero COVID strategy “is fundamentally unsustainable” because it “inflicts a cost as bad or worse than the ‘cure,'” economically and socially, Kine says. Other countries are beginning to learn to live with the virus, but “China cannot do so easily because it would be an implicit declaration of defeat and failure of their much publicized strategy”, and because “the easing current COVID control parameters would inevitably result in massive numbers of infections and deaths among an under-vaccinated population.”

Learn more about Xi’s dilemma and China’s dilemma at Politics.

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