The Chinese city of Guangzhou is building makeshift hospitals and concentration camps to house 250,000 people amid an alleged uptick in Covid-19 cases across the country.
Footage posted on social media showcases the new makeshift quarantine camp constructed in Guangzhou, the largest camp in China, that will be used to detain Covid-positive Chinese citizens in 90, 000 “isolation pods.”
Guangzhou, a city of 13 million people, reported 9,680 new Covid cases in the past 24 hours.
The spike of Covid positive patients in Guangzhou comprises “about 40 percent of the 23,276 cases reported nationwide. China’s infection numbers are low compared with the United States and other major countries, but the ruling Communist Party is trying to isolate every case,” the Associated Press reports.
The city government announced last week plans to double down on the nation’s “zero-covid” policy by rapidly constructing more quarantine camps with thousands of beds.
“The epidemic situation in Guangzhou still is very serious,” said a city official, Wang Baosen, according to the South Metropolis Daily newspaper.
Guangzhou is reportedly adding 246,407 beds, including 132,015 in hospital isolation wards and 114,392 for people who are infected but have no symptoms.