For close to two weeks now, most of Shanghai’s 26 million residents have remained confined to their apartments. They have been placed under a harsh lockdown aimed to curb an Omicron outbreak.
On Sunday, Shanghai reported a record of close to 25,000 cases, bringing the total in the current wave to 170,000 over the past fortnight. The outbreak has paralysed the city’s supply chain and logistics. Many now rely only on handouts of vegetables from the government to feed their families.
Now, as more and more locked up residents face continuing shortages of food and medicine, anger is growing.