Residents of Shanghai have reportedly taken their own lives while pets have been killed by Covid workers in the world's strictest lockdown.
China's most populated city has been in lockdown for over five weeks with its inhabitants told to stay indoors as coronavirus cases continue to soar across the country.
Those who test positive are being collected and taken to cramped quarantine centres for an unspecified amount of time.
Hungry residents have robbed grocery stores and drones have been spotted flying over skyscrapers telling residents to “control your soul’s desire for freedom," according to the South China Morning Post.
But the lockdown regulations have been so bad for some people's mental health that it has reportedly pushed some people to suicide.
Pets of those who contract the virus are also reportedly being killed by Covid workers as they fear they could be spreading the deadly virus.
A disturbing video was posted to Twitter showing huge green bin bags supposedly filled with the dead bodies of cats and dogs left at the side of the road.
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It was captioned: "26 million people in lockdown in Shanghai. People are committing suicide from their balconies and pets from people getting tested positive for #Covid are being collected to be killed and slaughtered in #Shanghai / #China. This is pure evil!"
According to NationalWorld, viral footage from people in Shanghai shows a corgi chasing a van containing its owners after they tested positive and were being taken to a quarantine camp.
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The owner wrote in an online group: “In the end, I thought I could let [the pet] loose outside to become a stray, at least it wouldn’t starve to death.”
But later a Covid prevention worker reportedly then hit the dog three times with a spade, killing it.
Apparently, hiding the animals isn't an option either as the lockdown staff will return to their homes to sterilise it and will find them.
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