In the city of Shanghai, authorities have enacted strict lockdown restrictions, reportedly as a means of dealing with COVID. These rules require the separation of families in the event that some in the family test positive while others don't. This includes isolating children from their parents if they test positive and parents or guardians don't.
Under China's ongoing "zero-COVID" policy, anybody who tests positive for the virus anywhere in China must be separated from all non-infected people, including family members, with no exceptions. Vaccine passports and licenses to allow movement throughout the city were also reportedly being checked by hazmat-suited authorities.
According to the Daily Mail, children under 7-years-old are "taken to health centers and older children held in quarantine facilities" under the lockdown measures, which the outlet describes as "brutal."
"There have been no photos at all... I'm so anxious, I have no idea what situation my daughter is in," commented Esther Zhao, a distressed Shanghai mother, to the press.
"The doctor said Shanghai rules is that children must be sent to designated points, adults to quarantine centres and you're not allowed to accompany the children."
What started out as "localized lockdowns of specific compounds or districts" has now turned into a total lockdown from one end to the other of the world's populous city, as Shanghai finds itself the epicenter of a new wave of COVID infections.
The general lockdown was initially announced as being in two stages, each lasting for four days each, but as case numbers continued to soar, many people still find themselves trapped in their homes, not allowed outside for any reason whatsoever.
Often food deliveries have also been impeded, leading to shortages and limited access for many of the city's 26 million residents.
The Daily Mail also reports that over 30 other nations have formally requested that the Chinese regime rethink its strict Covid rules.
Chinese authorities, as of the time of this writing, have not responded to the Mail's requests for comment on the matter.