In the past couple of weeks, the population of Shanghai have lived under measures meant to ”protect” it from Covid-19. In his latest satire for Kinamedia, cartoonist Niklas ”@Kludd-Niklas” Eriksson asks whether the cure is worse than the disease.
The policies to stop the virus from spreading in Shanghai has been drastic even by Chinese standards. As the cartoon portrays, pet dogs were beaten to death and babies separated from their families.
A series of photos and videos compiled here on Kinamedia a couple of days ago, also shows how the health workers in white hazmat suits don’t hesitate to use violence against citizens that fails to at once comply with their abusive instructions.
At the top right corner of the cartoon, the virus can be seen looking at the chaos unfolding in Shanghai, declaring the Covid response to be ”really sick” compared to the virus itself. This comparison is made relevant by the fact that a large majority of the patients testing positive in Shanghai has been asymptomatic.
Indeed, not a single death from the virus has been registered in Shanghai since the outbreak of the pandemic. As of this weekend, only one patient was reported to have severe syndroms.
Amongst all the angst and misunderstandings in locked down #Shanghai today, an official said that, of the city’s 130,000 official #Covid infections in this outbreak, there is only ONE person in a severe condition. This from Wu Qianyu of the Shanghai Health Commission. #China
— Stephen McDonell (@StephenMcDonell) April 8, 2022
This week’s cartoon can be viewed in full size via this link.
A full collection of Kludd-Niklas’ works for Kinamedia can be seen here.