China: Treatment for Non-Covid Illnesses Denied

April 6, 2022 - Human Rights Watch
| Apr 11, 2022

Read this Human Rights Watch article on ensuring access to medical care, stopping child-parent separation, and permitting free speech in Shanghai, China.

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People in PPE load groceries off a truck before distributing them to locals under the Covid-19 lockdown in Shanghai, China, April 5, 2022. © 2022 FeatureChina via AP Images

"The Chinese government should respect the right to health and other basic rights in its response to the Covid-19 surge in the country, Human Rights Watch said today.

Authorities in Shanghai have imposed draconian lockdown measures since March 2022 that have significantly impeded people’s access to health care, food, and other life necessities. An unknown number of people have died after being denied medical treatment for their non-Covid related illnesses. The authorities have separated small children from their parents after positive Covid-19 tests under the “Zero Covid” policy, which requires those testing positive to isolate in a hospital or designated facility. And the authorities have hindered discussion of public concerns surrounding the Covid response by further tightening restrictions on social media."

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