Food shortages also affect the wealthy in Shanghai’s coronavirus lockdown

Shanghai, one of the world’s wealthiest cities, is currently experiencing food shortages due to strict lockdown measures designed to contain its ongoing Chinese coronavirus outbreak, the world times reported Thursday.

Chinese Communist Party officials in charge of Shanghai on April 7 confirmed anecdotal reports that many of the city’s 26 million residents were being forced to ration their personal food supplies while confined to their homes. The entire population of Shanghai has been under stay-at-home orders since April 5, although city authorities began cordoning off residential areas on March 28.

Shanghai Vice Mayor Chen Tong on Thursday acknowledged food shortages in the city, acknowledging that the failure to provide residents with basic supplies was due, in part, to Communist Party negligence in organizing city-wide lockdown.

Chen said the following during a press briefing on April 7, as paraphrased by the Communist Party world times:

Shanghai has sufficient reserves of supplies such as rice and meat, and additional food supplies could be transported from other regions if needed.

Supermarkets and vegetable farms cannot operate normally, and the delivery capacity of e-commerce platforms has been reduced due to epidemic prevention, posing major challenges in distribution and deliveries, Chen said.

Shanghai has set up special task forces to ensure daily supplies, with the construction of 10 emergency supply warehouses, and the city has pledged with more than 100 vegetable production bases.

Shanghai’s food shortages are not the first in China caused by the Communist Party’s misguided lockdown orders, though they are particularly alarming given the economic importance of the urban center – indicating that in some parts of China, less privileged residents may have done even worse.

Government officials in northeast China’s Jilin province, for example, were forced to publicly apologize on March 29 after reports that residents were starving to death inside their homes. during a local coronavirus lockdown have been leaked online.

Forbes in April 2021, Shanghai was declared “the most expensive city in the world”, making its current food shortages all the more shocking.

“The amount of private wealth in Shanghai is such that exclusive purchases are now more expensive there than anywhere else in the world, including Hong Kong, the former most expensive city in the world,” the US business magazine revealed.

“These purchases include ‘tasting’ dinners, avocados and business class flights, according to Julius Baer, ​​who looked at the cost of a ‘basket of goods and services reflecting the HNWI lifestyle.’ ” Forbes detailed.

“HNWI” is an acronym for “High-Net-Worth Individual”. Shanghai is no stranger to this demographic, as Forbes ranked the city as having the fifth highest number of billionaires in the world as of March 11.

the South China Morning Post revealed on April 8 that even some of Shanghai’s wealthiest residents – including a billionaire venture capitalist named Kathy Xu Xin – have been hit by food supply and delivery shortages in the city during its current lockdown.

“On Thursday, a screenshot of a message from Kathy Xu Xin, dubbed ‘China’s Venture Capitalist Queen,’ asking for ways to buy bread and milk for her family, went viral on the Internet. social media app WeChat,” the newspaper reported.

“The 55-year-old entrepreneur, who was ranked 71 in the world’s top venture capitalists in 2021 by Forbes, lives in a high-end villa complex in the city’s Pudong district,” according to the SCMP.

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