A migrant worker lived in a phone booth for a month with her dog amid Shanghai’s harsh Covid lockdown
- A woman in Shanghai has been living in a phone booth with her dog for a month amid the city’s strict lockdown.
- With the city at a standstill due to a strict lockdown, the migrant worker was unable to find a job.
- “How did it become so difficult to live in Shanghai? one netizen commented on the viral story.
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A migrant worker in Shanghai had to live in a phone booth for a month, after struggling to find a job under the city’s strict lockdown.
According to Esquire China magazine, which published a photo diary of the woman last week, an unnamed woman in her 50s lived in the tiny house with her dog for most of April.
In a series of photos – mostly from a nearby resident – the woman can be seen parked at the red phone booth, hanging out her laundry and playing with her dog.
On April 29, local authorities kicked her out of space. “In the end, the woman in the phone booth didn’t take any of her things with her. She just hugged her pup, walked barefoot, and headed south,” wrote the magazine.
The story immediately went viral on social media. The hashtag “A Shanghai woman and her dog live in a phone booth for a month” garnered 60 million views on Twitter-like platform Weibo.
“How did it become so difficult to live in Shanghai? asked a Weibo user.
As public anger continues to mount over authorities’ chaotic handling of Covid in the financial hub of 26 million people, the woman’s story has highlighted the additional challenges facing the poor. With the city at a standstill due to a strict lockdown, many migrant workers have been unable to find jobs to pay for food or accommodation.
“Life is hard enough for us in these times, and we have beds. What about those people on the street?” commented one Weibo user.
According to the state-run China Youth Daily, which caught up with the woman for an interview last week, the Shandong province native is now living with a friend.
“I chose to live in the phone booth because it’s so quiet there. Even though it’s only 1 square meter, it’s free and you don’t have to share it with other people. . I liked it,” she told the outlet.
She also said there was a power outlet nearby so she could plug in her electric kettle to boil water – to cook instant noodles and wash her hair. Public toilets were cordoned off, so she went to the toilet in black plastic bags given to her by sanitation workers, she said.
The woman told the outlet that she had lived on the move in Shanghai for the past 20 years.
“I have a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and I worked in the export sector years ago,” added the woman, who is currently unemployed.
“I’m just a very simple person. My life isn’t bad now. I have food, I dress warmly and I’m healthy. My Covid tests are also ok,” she said. declared at the point of sale.
Shanghai, which was first closed in late March, renewed restrictions on Sunday after briefly allowing residents of certain neighborhoods to go out for short walks or nearby errands. According to Reuters, notices across the city ordered residents to remain confined to their homes again.
“Every time they say the lockdown will be eased after a few days, but there seems to be no end,” a resident named Lu told The Associated Press.
Chinese health officials have maintained what they call a “dynamic” “zero-Covid” policy. This means rapid lockdowns, mass testing and travel restrictions whenever new clusters emerge.
On Monday, Shanghai recorded 2,780 asymptomatic cases and 234 symptomatic cases, according to the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission.