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Covid-19: ‘Don’t open the window and don’t sing,’ as a drone orders Shanghai residents to stop challenging confinement

The city of 26 million inhabitants has been locked since April 1. A very strict confinement to the extent that some local residents started yelling at the windows of their apartments.

A scene that resembles a dystopian movie. And yet we are well into 2022. In a video published on Weibo, the No. 1 social network in China, a drone calls out from their balcony to residents of a district of Shanghai to protest against incarceration. In the video, we hear a robotic voice coming from a small flying object giving instructions. According to Alice Su, China correspondent for the English newspaper the economist, the drone would say the following words: “Please respect the Covid restrictions. Control your soul’s desire for freedom. Don’t open the window and don’t sing as it may infect others.”

As seen on Weibo: Residents of Shanghai take to their balconies to sing and protest against lack of supplies. A drone appears: “Please follow the covid restrictions. Control your soul’s desire for freedom. Don’t open the window and don’t sing.” https://t.co/0ZTc8fznaV pic.twitter.com/pAnEGOlBIh

—Alice Su (@aliceysu) Apr 6, 2022

Since the start of the containment, the Chinese state has deployed robots to enforce health measures. on someone else videowe see a robot dog equipped with a loudspeaker roaming the streets repeating the instructions.

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Shanghai faces worst Covid epidemic in two years. As a result, the city had to be completely reconfigured. A measure that is being tested by residents who have had to do without basic necessities, including food. A video taken before the start of the lockdown shows residents fighting over food in a shop.

Local residents in Shanghai have seen fighting over groceries as half of its 26 million residents are locked up and the other half will soon be locked down. The narrator curses and complains that there is nothing left to fight over (the locals are notoriously murderous). pic.twitter.com/srJY9vm9pT

— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) March 30, 2022

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