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Frustration grows in Shanghai, China as harsh COVID lockdowns continue

Frustration is boiling over in Shanghai, as residents increasingly chafe under weeks of draconian coronavirus lockdowns.

On Chinese social media Saturday web users fought to share a six-minute video called “The Voice of April.”

The footage showed a panorama of the city’s empty streets, while also featuring voices of locals complaining about food and medical shortages that have plagued the metropolis.

Shanghai recently reported 12 COVID-19 deaths yesterday.
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Workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) walk on a street next to a residential building during a Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown in the Jing'an district in Shanghai on April 23, 2022.
Residents in Shanghai, China have complained about food shortages as authorities impose the hard lockdown.
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Officers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) stand on a street during a Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown in the Jing'an district in Shanghai on April 23, 2022.
Shanghai residents are reportedly receiving limited food and medical rations.
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A tired medical worker sits along an empty street in Shanghai, China.
A tired medical worker sits along an empty street in Shanghai, China.
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Residents conduct mandatory COVID-19 testing in Shanghai, China on April 22, 2022.
Residents conduct mandatory COVID-19 testing in Shanghai, China on April 22, 2022.
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Netizens, however, faced pushback from China’s army of web censors, who fought all morning to remove the video. Some comments, did manage to survive.

“I can only say that if you don’t even want to listen to just a small amount of real voices, then it is really hopeless,” said one dispirited social media user.

The city has faced a brutal lockdown in an effort to stamp out the latest wave of coronavirus. Shanghai reported 12 new coronavirus deaths Friday. The average age of the victims was 88 and none were vaccinated.

Patient beds at a makeshift hospital in Shanghai, China.
Patient beds at a makeshift hospital in Shanghai, China.
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People walk around a residential community under lockdown in Shanghai, China, 23 April 2022.
Chinese censors are reportedly deleting any comments criticizing COVID-19 lockdowns on social media.
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Management employees sort food delivered to the residential community under lockdown in Shanghai, China, 23 April 2022.
Workers sort out food to be delivered to residents at Shanghai, China.
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A delivery worker brings food to a residential community under lockdown in Shanghai, China, 23 April 2022.
A delivery worker brings food to an apartment in Shanghai, China on April 23, 2022.
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A girl is swabbed in the mouth for a COVID-19 test in Shanghai, China on April 22, 2022.
A girl is tested for COVID-19 in Shanghai, China on April 22, 2022.
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