The tweet was in response to a CNN report on Covid-19 lockdown measures in Beijing, China.
The video showed CNN journalist Selina Wang in her daily life in Beijing, China while it is under lockdown measures. The video showed the journalist having to go through mandatory health checks like temperature checks, showing her passport and searching for it in their system, swab testing
In the video, Wang said these measures are mandatory for the city’s 20 million-plus population over “a few dozen cases”. She says all non-essential stores, schools, gyms, and all restaurant dining “is banned indefinitely”.
The video then shows the journalist entering a Walmart and having to scan her phone in order to access the store. After scanning her phone it turned green meaning she was allowed to proceed into the Walmart.
“I need this green code to enter any area in Beijing. If it turns red, then I could be stuck at home or sent to quarantine. Through these smartphone apps, authorities can carefully track the movement of virtually all of China’s 1.4 billion people.”
“Just one positive Covid case can get an entire building bussed to government quarantine,” Wang said.
While in a restaurant district, Wang explains that “there are signs reminding people to avoid crowds and security guards on the loudspeakers telling people to distance themselves.”
“But after more than two years of these on and off restrictions, people are getting frustrated. Every part of our days is tracked and surveilled. People are concerned that this control is here to stay long after covid is gone.”
In the video, Wang says that “mRNA vaccines are still not available to the population here in China.”