Chinese censorship is working overtime to cover up the atrocities.

The Chinese metropolis of Shanghai has long been burdened by the extreme coronavirus measures taken by the Chinese government. Many people are said to have died during the brutal lockdown because they struggled to get necessary medical care. The families of the victims are now trying to tell the stories of their deceased loved ones, despite heavy censorship.

In the fight against the coronavirus, the Shanghai city authorities have imposed strict restrictions on its residents. Millions of Chinese were placed under strict quarantine, leading to dire straits. In some cases, the entrances to the housing blocks were closed with two-meter-high green doors.

Because all life in the metropolis came to a complete standstill, food shortages arose in people’s homes. After all, stores were closed and food and medicine couriers were either on lockdown or had tested positive.

the hospital was closed

For example, there was the story of Zhou Shengni, who needed a doctor. The 49-year-old man had an asthma attack and was rushed to Shanghai East Hospital. However, once there, he was told that the hospital was closed, as the building was being disinfected against the spread of Covid-19. Zhou rushed with his family to another hospital, where unfortunately help came too late and he died.

Zhou’s death turned out not to be a one-time incident. During the lockdown, the city’s hospitals were limited to providing only emergency care. Additionally, patients in need were told to get a PCR test first to access life-saving medical care.

Censorship is working overtime

The city’s health authorities reported 588 deaths related to Covid-19 from February to May. However, officials did not count people like Zhou, who died as a result of the city’s closure. A discussion of the collateral damage of China’s zero covid policy is heavily constrained by Chinese censorship working overtime.

For example, Shi You shared an article titled “Shanghai Passed Away” that reported on people in the city who had died as a result of the strict lockdown restrictions. The comments below the article came with messages from people who had experienced stories similar to Zhou’s.

Casper Yu immediately realized that both the article and the comments below are important. Yu, a Shanghai resident, worried that censors might be hiding crucial evidence, began taking screenshots. A few hours later, the article was removed from WeChat. Yu later posted the screenshots on his blog, which has been read by more than 20,000 people.

Yu’s story is one of many examples of various projects that have appeared online to document the deaths. There’s also the Airtable cloud service, where you can find descriptions of people, pictures of dead bodies, and photos of loved ones who have since died as a result of the strict lockdown. The database went viral, but was quickly blocked on WeChat and Weibo.


In response to censorship, Shanghai residents are also turning to the blockchain, where they store videos, photos, and artwork as secure NFTs. There they can be shared freely and are safe from Chinese censorship. NFT markets share stories of the difficulties of the population, such as lack of food or situations where medical assistance could not be provided due to corona measures.

The dreaded green fences reappear on the streets

In recent weeks there have been reports of easing of lockdown measures in the city, but it now appears that Shanghai is not yet fully liberated. In Minhang, a district located in central Shanghai, residents have been quarantined again. Residents of the city denounce that the feared green fences have reappeared in the streets.


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