CHINA has constructed a network of massive quarantine camps where thousands face isolation in tiny metal boxes.
It is all part of the Communist Party’s ruthless and overblown “Zero Covid” strategy where one case is enough to spark a crackdown.
Beijing has resorted to brutal restrictions in what has been dubbed the “world’s toughest lockdown”.
And it comes as many countries – such as Britain – are learning to live with the virus with more measured approaches to restrictions.
Perhaps one of the most chilling aspects of China’s brutal lockdowns are the so-called “quarantine camps”.
Massive sprawling complexes of simple metal cabins have been built to house those feared to have been exposed to the virus.
China has proudly shown off these facilities in stage-managed photo ops.
But now unverified videos are emerging of people reportedly now being held in the horrific looking facilitates.
It was reported late last year that China’s National Health Commission (NHC) ordered widespread construction of the camps.
It comes as three cities in China have been placed into full and ruthless lockdown, despite the country only recording 157 new cases nationwide.
Some 20million people are now in lockdown across China – with the city of Anyang placed under restrictions after just TWO cases of Omicron.
Various reports have emerged of citizens reportedly being bussed to these quarantine camps – with isolations periods of up to two weeks.
Footage emerging from Chinese social media shows a dystopian vision, with people held in the tiny boxes with have just a simple wooden bed and a toilet.
Other unverified videos show men in hazmat suits dishing out food to those held inside the facilities.
Lines of buses ready to ship people away to the camps are seen in some clips, while others show children behind bars at the camps.
The footage offers a horrific vision of life in “Covid Zero” China.
Men, women, children and the elderly have all been among thousands detained in the camps, according to reports.
Some people allegedly detained at the facilities posted images of the Spartan rooms.
They complained the camps were cold, basic and people were not given enough food.
“There is nothing here, just basic necessities… Nobody has come to check up on us, what kind of quarantine is this?, one reportedly said, reports the BBC.
“They did a big transfer of us, more than a thousand people, in the night and many of us are elderly people and children.
“They didn’t make any proper arrangements and so they just carelessly placed us [here].”
But as with much of China’s Covid strategy, it remains shrouded in mystery and rumour – with only fragments of information leaking out from the tightly controlled regime.
The footage also has an echo strange and eerie videos which emerged from the world’s first lockdown in Wuhan back in 2020.
China is known to carefully manage its international image of social media.
So it’s unclear how much of this footage could actually be being amplified to promote China’s extremely harsh Covid policies.
Beijing is known to have fiercely promoted its lockdown strategies early in the pandemic as the virus first emerged in the city of Wuhan.
In public displays of their Covid policies, pictures were released in January 2021 of China building a massive quarantine camp for more than 3,000 people outside the city of Shijiazhuang, reported CNN.
It showed facilities which appear similar in nature – with white box-like structures – to the “camps” shown the unverified videos.
Pictures from September 2021 showed cabin-like rooms being built at the Ruifeng Industrial Park in Putian.
Once again it appears to be the same type of structures which are shown in the unverified viral videos.
And it was reported by Bloomberg in October 2021 that China had ordered city governments to build hubs with at least 20 rooms for every 10,000 residents.
That would mean a quarantine facility built in Beijing – which as a population of 21.54million people – would require some 42,880 isolation rooms.
NHC official Cui Gang said the China needed to prevent the quarantine facilities from becoming “scattered” and “disorganised”.
China has been reported to be using these tough new strategies as they want to stamp out any any outbreaks before the Winter Olympics
Meanwhile, many nations are trying to get back to normal as they attempt to live with the virus.
It comes after a string of hugely positive studies show Omicron IS milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta.
Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.
The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping get the vital extra vaccines in Brits’ arms to ward off the need for any new restrictions.