In Shanghai, COVID-19 has become China’s political disease

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In disease-stricken Shanghai, China’s largest city, residents go days without food and weeks without medicine, pets are butchered, people jump to their deaths and residents break quarantine by flooding streets in protest. There are clashes with police. Frustrated residents howl from windows and balconies while police drones hover nearby demanding silence. Robot dogs patrol neighborhoods. The Shanghainese speak of the “White Terror” and “White Cultural Revolution” because of the hazmat suits seen everywhere.

China’s financial capital has been reduced to a barter economy. Desperate residents trade goods for food. “Coca-Cola is hard currency,” writes New York Times columnist Li Yuan.

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