PortandTerminal.com, November 24, 2020
The videos below were all taken down by Monday morning on Chinese media.
SHANGHAI – Chinese authorities do not mess around when it comes to containing COVID or negative coverage of the government.
On Sunday night, the thousands of workers were forcibly contained within the airport’s parking garage for testing within a makeshift site, the South China Morning Post reports. Of the 17,719 employees tested, 11,544 had tested negative by Monday morning.
Official pictures released of the testing appear to show an orderly, calm process.
However, other videos believed to be of the mass testing show officials in hazmat suits corralling large, yelling crowds into a restricted space.
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Many of the videos have since disappeared, and state media have not reported on any chaos, saying only that more than 16,000 people were tested overnight.
According to China’s Global Times newspaper, mass testing began on Sunday afternoon after several cargo workers and close contacts tested positive.
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Shanghai has reported at least seven local cases since 9 November, mainly involving this group, following five months with no new infections.
Pictures accompanying the newspaper’s report show neat and orderly queues, with lines winding inside the airport’s multi-storey carpark.
But posts on Chinese social media platform Weibo paint a different picture, saying the testing turned into chaos when too many workers flooded into the site, pushing it beyond capacity.
One video shows workers with face masks being channelled through a carpark by staff in full hazmat suits, with people shouting and pushing.
The videos were all taken down by Monday morning.
With reporting by BBC and South China Morning Post