China’s massive COVID-19 lockdowns reportedly trapped a woman at her blind date’s house

Lockdown in China's Henan

Shutdown in China’s Henan . Province STR/AFP/Getty Images

China currently has more than 20 million of its citizens in strict lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but one woman in particular has earned special sympathy for being trapped by quarantine orders in a blind date’s home. The woman, identified as Yang, revealed on Chinese social media that she had traveled from her home in Guangzhou to Zhengzhou, where, as “I get older, my family introduced me to more than 10 blind dates,” reports NBC News.

It was on Blind Date No. 5 that Chinese officials detained Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province. Wang agreed to meet at the blind date’s house last Friday so he could “show off his cooking skills,” Yang told Shanghai’s The newspaper on Monday. The unnamed date barely spoke, but “everything else is great,” she added. He “cooks, cleans up, works.” Wang later said she deleted some of her clips on social media because their popularity had affected her date’s life. “It is unclear whether Wang is still trapped in the apartment,” reports NBC News. The number of COVID-19 cases is still increasing in Henan.

The quirkiness of China’s uncompromising “COVID-zero” policy may make for the occasional romantic comedy — or horror film, depending on — but it’s no joke for the folks back home with little warning. It is also a serious matter for President Xi Jinping, Politics‘ explained Phelim Kine Thursday evening.

Xi “explicitly branded China’s zero-COVID strategy as a winning formula that has saved lives, preserved the economy and made Beijing a safe host for the Winter Games” even while “the rest of the world was on fire Kine wrote. “But with Omicron clearly challenging that strategy, both the Chinese [government] and Xi Jinping are facing a serious loss of credibility both at home and abroad.”

Health experts and economists say China’s zero-COVID strategy is “fundamentally unsustainable” because it is “as bad or worse than the ‘cure’,” explains Kine. Other countries are starting to learn to live with the virus, but “China can’t do that so easily because it would implicitly explain the defeat and failure of their much-hyped strategy,” and because “easing current COVID control institutions would inevitably lead to huge numbers of infections and deaths among an undervaccinated population.”

Read more about Xi’s and China’s dilemma at: Politics.

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