- Chinese workers are being asked to stay in their offices if they are unable to work from home, reports say.
- China has implemented tighter COVID-19 measures in the pursuit of its zero-tolerance policy.
- Residents of Shanghai clashed with police, begging to be locked into their homes, which were used as quarantine sites.
Some Chinese employees are being urged to stay in their offices as the country pursues a zero COVID-19 strategy.
Sky News and other businesses reported the story.
China has implemented tighter COVID-19 measures when Shanghai faced an eruption that led to mass shutdowns in the city for weeks.
The measures caused residents to clash with police officers on April 14 when they could not go home due to authorities listing their buildings for use as COVID-19 quarantine sites.
Some residents of Xian, a city southwest of Beijing, have been urged to stay at their workplaces, Sky News reported. The directive comes amid orders to avoid unnecessary trips. Those with asymptomatic or very mild symptoms should go to quarantine facilities.
Authorities in Xian did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Quartz reported on March 31st that manufacturers in the South China technology hub Shenzhen introduced similar schemes for workers to live in factories in the hope of reducing the economic toll of the shutdown.
GE Healthcare, a medical technology company, has set up temporary beds to let workers live in their factories, according to Chinese financial video producer Yicai.
While the country has adopted a zero-tolerance policy against the virus, families have been separated and people are asking for more food. This is despite the government offering to provide food to those who are isolated, according to the news report.
The conditions under which workers are left can be difficult. A truck driver delivering vegetables and fruit from Shandong Province has been stranded in Shanghai, New York Times reported.
Authorities identified him as a close contact with a person with COVID-19 and ordered him to be immediately quarantined. The Times reported that he stopped near a highway three weeks ago and has been waiting ever since.
He told the newspaper: “We can not get away from the highway, every exit is guarded. We just want to go home. I could not get enough food the other day and my body can no more.”
In a news release On Monday, China’s National Bureau of Statistics said in the first quarter the momentum of the recovery continued.
However, the agency added, “we need to be aware that with the national and international environment becoming more and more complicated and uncertain, economic development is facing significant difficulties and challenges.”