China Separating Children From Parents Under Controversial COVID Policy

China Separating Children From Parents Under Controversial COVID Policy

(NewsReady.com) – China has taken aggressive actions to limit the spread of COVID-19. The communist country has put cities under strict lockdowns; most recently, they shut down Shanghai. Officials are also reportedly separating children from their parents.

According to CBS News, those who test positive for COVID-19 are put into isolation. Children are among those who have to be isolated from their families if their elders don’t have the virus.

Reuters reported a woman named Esther Zhao brought her 2.5-year-old into a Shanghai hospital when she came down with a fever on March 26, and just days later, authorities separated them. She said she hasn’t seen her child in a week. People are also reportedly sharing photos on the Chinese social media platforms Douyin and Weibo showing babies being placed three to a cot and toddlers crawling out of a crowded room. Breastfeeding children as young as 3 months old are reportedly being separated from their mothers.

The policy has reportedly caused quite a lot of backlash, but the country isn’t backing down. CBS also reported that Shanghai Municipal Health Commission official Wu Qianyu told the press that kids under the age of 7 will go to a public health center to receive treatment, while older kids “are mainly isolating… in centralized [quarantine] places.”

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