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In a fleeting moment when Chinese citizens threw off their subservience to government edicts, Chinese protesters on Monday smashed through barricades erected as part of the government’s COVID-19 containment policy.

On Tuesday, China’s National Health Commission said 17,772 new COVID-19 cases were reported nationwide, the highest daily total since April 2021, with the largest number coming from Guangzhou, a city of 19 million, according to CNN.

Daily coronavirus infections in the city have topped 5,000, according to Reuters, leading to concerns that small-scale lockdowns could spread across the city.

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“It was quite tense out there last night. Everyone made sure their doors were locked,” Reuters said it was told by a Chinese citizen who used the name of Chet.

“When it happened so close to me I found it really upsetting,” he said. “I couldn’t sleep last night after watching those images.”

However, according to CNN, no changes in policy are likely.

Zhang Yi, deputy director of the Guangzhou municipal health commission, said “pandemic containment measures” will be “enhanced” in more parts of the city than the current Haizhu District where the protest took place

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The BBC noted that the Haizhu District has been a hotbed of disaffection because low-income laborers who are not allowed to work for their daily money are unable to have wages to buy food. What food there is amid shortages is too expensive.

Prior to the Monday night protest, there had been scuffling with the white-clad COVID-19 police whose job it is to enforce the edicts.

Reuters reported that current speculation is that the infection picture will get worse.

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“The infection curve of Guangzhou is tracking the pace of Shanghai’s March-April outbreak, raising the question of whether a city-wide lockdown will be triggered,” JPMorgan analysts wrote, citing the spring lockdowns in Shanghai.

“It would become a testing point regarding the government’s determination to push for the relaxation of COVID control measures,” they said.


China is enforcing a get-tough policy called zero-COVID that calls for locking down whole cities or districts within them once COVID-19 is detected, according to Fox News.

Nationwide, 65 million citizens in more than 30 cities were under lockdown in September.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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