HONGKONG: The death of a 3-year-old has sparked outrage in the locked-down Northwestern city blaming the stringent zero-covid policy for the incident.
According to reports, a 3-year-old boy is suspected to have died due to a gas leak in the locked residential compound as the authorities denied permission to the father to leave the compound owing to the covid norms in place. “My child might have been saved if he had been taken to the hospital sooner,” wrote the resident on Weibo. Soon the post garnered millions of views which resulted in public grief and anger.
Covid workers are said to have prevented anyone from leaving the compound in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province. The social media post shared by the father of the boy stated that the child and mother both fell ill child both fell ill showing signs of gas poisoning. the mother’s vitals improved however the 3-year-old child succumbed to poisonous gas leakage.
China on Friday reported the highest number of new COVID cases in six months. The uptick was registered as new locally transmitted cases rose to 3,871, the highest since early May when Shanghai was fighting its worst outbreak. China continues its strict Covid containment policy which is reportedly facing protests domestically.