China, there is an earthquake, but they cannot escape due to the lockdown

Panic among Chengdu residents, trapped at home: they could not leave their homes even after the 6.6 magnitude quake

There is an earthquake but they cannot escape for the lockdown. Residents in the Chinese city of Chengdu, the capital of the south-western province of Sichuan hit by the earthquake, were prevented from fleeing their homes due to the confinement decided to contain Covid cases. The Chinese authorities have imposed the blockade in the city since last week in the name of the ‘Zero Covid’ policy, a measure that not even the 6.6 magnitude earthquake, which killed at least 65 people, has managed to loosen, arousing anger and disbelief in citizens.

Some residents in Chengdu, which is home to 21 million inhabitants, say that yesterday they were told to stay inside their homes – reports the BBC – and when they tried to leave they found the doors closed. Under the ‘Zero Covid’ policy, condominiums where at least one person has tested positive are designated as ‘sealed areas’ and residents are prohibited from setting foot outside their homes, regardless of whether they have the virus or not.

Videos shared on Douyin, China’s TikTok platform, show panicked residents behind chained gates, screaming to get out. In one of these a man yells at the security guards, rattling what appear to be the gates of his apartment and trying to open it: “Hurry up, open the door, it’s an earthquake!”. In response, the guards say: “It’s over, the earthquake has already passed.”