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Emergency supply points in Shanghai were looted last night by desperate residents as the city’s lengthy, severe lockdown groans on.

Videos shared on, and swiftly deleted from, Chinese state-censored site Weibo shows crowds of Shanghai residents storming stores for undelivered food parcels.

A record 23,600 new Covid cases were recorded in China‘s biggest city on Friday, according to official statistics, which are likely to be understating the true amount of infections.

Video shows locals stealing and fighting over supplies in neighbourhood Jiuting, Songjiang

Video shows locals stealing and fighting over supplies in neighbourhood Jiuting, Songjiang

Video shows locals stealing and fighting over supplies in neighbourhood Jiuting, Songjiang

State officials doused in PPE guard piles of supplies, which locals say have not been given out

State officials doused in PPE guard piles of supplies, which locals say have not been given out

State officials doused in PPE guard piles of supplies, which locals say have not been given out

Shanghai has a population of 26million and has now spent more than three weeks in the toughest lockdown anywhere in the world since the start of the pandemic.

American lawyer Jared T. Nelson, who lives in the city, tweeted that only two people from each apartment building are allowed to leave every day to collect food parcels.

Volunteers must wear full protective white suits and have two hours to finish the job.

Mr Nelson said he has been told the conditions at so-called central quarantine centres, where infected patients are taken, are ‘awful’.

He wrote: ‘No showers, portable toilets only, no hot water, and of course no privacy’.

The compliance lawyer also said food deliveries are regularly cancelled as supplies diminish. 

Some parts of the city are much better connected to food supplies than others, he said.

Chaos has broken out at emergency supply centres where hungry locals have got desperate

Chaos has broken out at emergency supply centres where hungry locals have got desperate

Chaos has broken out at emergency supply centres where hungry locals have got desperate

Videos of supply centre chaos have been removed from Chinese social media sites

Videos of supply centre chaos have been removed from Chinese social media sites

Videos of supply centre chaos have been removed from Chinese social media sites 

Mr Nelson added: ‘[My family] had three deliveries that were booked to deliver today: two group purchases of meat/seafood + one individual purchase of soap and shampoo. All three were cancelled.’

Other videos posted by locals show crowds trying to break through barriers put up by the authorities to stop Shanghainese straying far from their homes. 

And one Weibo user said they were ordered to take down a clip of supply centre scuffles from Weibo after orders from on high.

After garnering thousands of comments and re-shares, user Rodes took down the post and wrote a simple caption: ‘Deleted it’. 

PPE-clad state workers enforce Shanghai's ultra-strict lockdown despite residents' opposition

PPE-clad state workers enforce Shanghai's ultra-strict lockdown despite residents' opposition

PPE-clad state workers enforce Shanghai’s ultra-strict lockdown despite residents’ opposition

One Weibo user said they were told to take down a video of scuffles at a Shanghai supply post

One Weibo user said they were told to take down a video of scuffles at a Shanghai supply post

One Weibo user said they were told to take down a video of scuffles at a Shanghai supply post

Another eyewitness to the Jiuting looting tweeted: ‘The cause of the incident was that we wanted supplies.’

One Weibo caption to a viral looting video reads: ‘Where did the supplies go? We need them.  

And the Australian Financial Review’s North Asia correspondent, Michael Smith, reported: ‘The situation in Shanghai is scary.

‘Reports of millions struggling to feed themselves, elderly unable to access medicine, videos of small riots breaking out circulating on social media. Many households relying on inadequate govt food deliveries.’

Drones and robots with megaphones have been seen enforcing Shanghai’s draconian lockdown, which after weeks of localised restrictions was made city-wide on Tuesday.

China’s zero-Covid strategy is under extreme pressure as the virus whips across the country, with another outbreak in the northeast.

Until March, China had successfully kept the daily caseload down to double or triple digits, with harsh localised lockdowns, mass testing and travel restrictions.

On Monday the nationwide caseload topped 13,000 for a second day, as the daily infection tally hit rates unseen since mid-February 2020.

Western diplomats expressed their concern last week over the policy of separating children from their parents, while requesting assurances that their ambassadors and diplomats would not be subject to such stringent controls.

Source: DailyMail

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