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How will you do if you infected the Covid- 19 viruses at this time? Let's find out the answer from some source of knowledge. Firstly enter the question into Google as we want the answer.

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If you have a fever or cough, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. Keep track of your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get medical attention right away.

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick

Follow the steps below:  If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.

Bed
Stay home except to get medical care
  • Stay home: Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
Separate
Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation
  • Stay away from others: As much as possible, you stay away from others. You should stay in a specific “sick room” if possible, and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
Doctor
Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Call ahead: Many medical visits for routine care are being postponed or done by phone or telemedicine.
  • If you have a medical appointment that cannot be postponed, call your doctor’s office, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.
Mask
If you are sick wear a facemask in the following situations, if available.
  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask, if available, when you are around other people (including before you enter a healthcare provider’s office).
  • If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then as their caregiver, you should wear a facemask when in the same room with them. Visitors, other than caregivers, are not recommended.

Note: During a public health emergency, facemasks may be reserved for healthcare workers. You may need to improvise a facemask using a scarf or bandana.

Cover Your Cough
Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
  • Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wash Your Hands
Clean your hands often
  • Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
  • Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Don't Share
Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Do not share: Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home.
  • Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water or put in the dishwasher.
Clean Surfaces
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

Clean high-touch surfaces in your isolation area (“sick room” and bathroom) every day; let a caregiver clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in other areas of the home.

  • Clean and disinfect: Routinely clean high-touch surfaces in your “sick room” and bathroom. Let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas, but not your bedroom and bathroom.
    • If a caregiver or other person needs to clean and disinfect a sick person’s bedroom or bathroom, they should do so on an as-needed basis. The caregiver/other person should wear a mask and wait as long as possible after the sick person has used the bathroom.

High-touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.

  • Clean and disinfect areas that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
  • Household cleaners and disinfectants: Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant.
    • Be sure to follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many products recommend keeping the surface wet for several minutes to ensure germs are killed. Many also recommend precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
    • Most EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective. A full list of disinfectants can be found hereexternal icon.
Temperature
Monitor your symptoms
  • Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever and cough. Trouble breathing is a more serious symptom that means you should get medical attention.
  • If you are having trouble breathing, seek medical attention, but call first.
    • Call your doctor or emergency room before going in and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.
  • Wear a facemask: If available, put on a facemask before you enter the building. If you can’t put on a facemask, cover your coughs and sneezes. Try to stay at least 6 feet away from other people. This will help protect the people in the office or waiting room.
  • Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department: Your local health authorities may give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.
When to Seek Medical Attention

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

alert icon

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the operator that you have or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before medical help arrives.

End Quaratine
How to discontinue home isolation
  • People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (home isolated) can stop home isolation under the following conditions:
    • If you will not have a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
      • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers)
        AND
      • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
        AND
      • at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared
    • If you will be tested to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
      • You no longer have a fever (without the use medicine that reduces fevers)
        AND
      • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
        AND
        you received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart. Your doctor will follow CDC guidelines.

In all cases, follow the guidance of your healthcare provider and local health department. The decision to stop home isolation should be made in consultation with your healthcare provider and state and local health departments. Local decisions depend on local circumstances.

More information is available here.

Additional information for healthcare providers: Interim Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Persons Under Investigation for 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

Page last reviewed: March 25, 2020

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What To Do if You Are Sick

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If you have a fever or cough, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. Keep track of your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get medical attention right away.

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick

Follow the steps below:  If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.

man in bed
Stay home except to get medical care
  • Stay home: Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
family separated
Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation
  • Stay away from others: As much as possible, you stay away from others. You should stay in a specific “sick room” if possible, and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
on the phone with doctor
Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Call ahead: Many medical visits for routine care are being postponed or done by phone or telemedicine.
  • If you have a medical appointment that cannot be postponed, call your doctor’s office, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.
man wearing a mask
If you are sick wear a facemask in the following situations, if available.
  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask, if available, when you are around other people (including before you enter a healthcare provider’s office).
  • If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then as their caregiver, you should wear a facemask when in the same room with them. Visitors, other than caregivers, are not recommended.

Note: During a public health emergency, facemasks may be reserved for healthcare workers. You may need to improvise a facemask using a scarf or bandana.

woman covering their mouth when coughing
Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
  • Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
washing hands
Clean your hands often
  • Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
  • Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
don't share
Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Do not share: Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home.
  • Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water or put in the dishwasher.
cleaning a counter
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

Clean high-touch surfaces in your isolation area (“sick room” and bathroom) every day; let a caregiver clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in other areas of the home.

  • Clean and disinfect: Routinely clean high-touch surfaces in your “sick room” and bathroom. Let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas, but not your bedroom and bathroom.
    • If a caregiver or other person needs to clean and disinfect a sick person’s bedroom or bathroom, they should do so on an as-needed basis. The caregiver/other person should wear a mask and wait as long as possible after the sick person has used the bathroom.

High-touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.

  • Clean and disinfect areas that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
  • Household cleaners and disinfectants: Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant.
    • Be sure to follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many products recommend keeping the surface wet for several minutes to ensure germs are killed. Many also recommend precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
    • Most EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective. A full list of disinfectants can be found hereexternal icon.
taking temperature
Monitor your symptoms
  • Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever and cough. Trouble breathing is a more serious symptom that means you should get medical attention.
  • If you are having trouble breathing, seek medical attention, but call first.
    • Call your doctor or emergency room before going in and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.
  • Wear a facemask: If available, put on a facemask before you enter the building. If you can’t put on a facemask, cover your coughs and sneezes. Try to stay at least 6 feet away from other people. This will help protect the people in the office or waiting room.
  • Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department: Your local health authorities may give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.
When to Seek Medical Attention

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

alert icon

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the operator that you have or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before medical help arrives.

father playing with his son
How to discontinue home isolation
  • People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (home isolated) can stop home isolation under the following conditions:
    • If you will not have a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
      • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers)
        AND
      • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
        AND
      • at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared
    • If you will be tested to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
      • You no longer have a fever (without the use medicine that reduces fevers)
        AND
      • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
        AND
        you received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart. Your doctor will follow CDC guidelines.

In all cases, follow the guidance of your healthcare provider and local health department. The decision to stop home isolation should be made in consultation with your healthcare provider and state and local health departments. Local decisions depend on local circumstances.

More information is available here.

Additional information for healthcare providers: Interim Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Persons Under Investigation for 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

 
 

 

 

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6 Minute English

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Training artificial intelligence

EPISODE 200326 / 26 MAR 2020

Introduction

How clever is artificial intelligence? It currently helps us in many ways from car satnavs to detecting cancer cells but it's yet to be cleverer than us humans.  We still need to train AI to do things but should we fear that it eventually learns too much? Neil and Sam discuss the subject and teach some useful vocabulary.

This week's question

In terms of brain cell count, what level of intelligence is AI currently working at? Is AI as smart as:

a) a frog
b) an earthworm
c) a bumblebee

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Vocabulary

chat-up lines
remarks men and women make to start up a romantic conversation with someone they don’t know but find attractive

computer programmers
people who write, or code, computer programmes

algorithms
a set of rules or procedures to be followed by computers in problem-solving exercises

trial and error
repeating the same task over and over until finding the most successful way

minimising
reducing as much as possible

a stroke of luck
when something unexpected happens by good luck or chance

Transcript 

Note: This is not a word-for-word transcript     

Neil
Hello. This is 6 Minute English from BBC Learning English. I’m Neil.

Sam
And I’m Sam.

Neil
Do you like cooking, Sam? There’s a new recipe I’ve been trying out - it’s for ‘frosted oysters’.

Sam
Frosted oysters?! Sounds… unusual. How do you make it?

Neil
Well, take a pound of chicken, then some cubed pork and half a crushed garlic.

Sam
Eh? I thought you said it was for ‘frosted oysters’, whatever they are.

Neil
Yes, that’s right. Now heat it up until boiling and serve with custard.

Sam
Ugh, that sounds disgusting! Who on earth told you that recipe?

Neil
It’s not ‘who’ told me, Sam, but ‘what’. In fact, that recipe was made by computers using artificial intelligence, or AI, which is the topic of today’s programme. In real life, AI is making huge progress - from car satnavs to detecting cancer cells. But as you can see from that revolting recipe, things don’t always go according to plan.

Sam
So, just how intelligent is artificial intelligence? I mean, it definitely needs some cooking lessons!

Neil
Right. AI is not as intelligent as we tend to think. AI programmes use artificial brain cells to roughly imitate real brain cell activity, but they’re still a long way behind human levels of intelligence. And that’s my quiz question – in terms of brain cell count, what level of intelligence is AI currently working at? Is AI as smart as:

a)     a frog

b)     an earthworm

c)      a bumblebee

Sam
Well, I don’t think anyof those are good cooks either, to be honest. I’ll say c) a bumblebee, because at least they can make honey!

Neil
Nice guess, Sam. We’ll find out the answer later. But first let’s find out more about how AI misunderstandings like the oyster recipe can happen. Janelle Shane is the author of ‘You Look Like a Thing and I Love You’ in which she tells her amusing experiences and bizarre experiments with AI.

Sam
You Look Like a Thing and I Love You – that’s a strange title for a book, Neil.

Neil
Yes. It’s another example of AI miscommunication. The book title is what a AI produced when asked to write chat-up lines – remarks men and women make to start up a conversation with someone they don’t know but find attractive.

Here she is talking to the BBC World Service programme More or Less:

Janelle Shane
‘Machine learning’ is what most programmers mean when they say ‘AI’. In the programme that we’re used to, if you want to have a computer programme solve a problem you have to have a human programmer write down exhaustive step-by-step instructions on how to do everything. But with ‘machine learning’ you just give it the goal, and then the programme figures out via trial and error how it’s going to solve that problem.

Sam
So even though we’re talking about machines learning for themselves, there still need to be humans involved at the start of the journey. This human teaching is done by computer programmers – people who write, or code, the computer programmes used by AI.

Neil
Right. These programmers write algorithms – a set of rules or procedures to be followed in problem-solving exercises. So, for example, the AI that wrote that oyster recipe read thousands of other recipes before coming up with its own version.

Sam
In other words, Artificial intelligence uses a process of trial and error – repeating the same task over and over until finding the most successful way. Only in the case of the oyster recipe, there was more ‘error’ than ‘trial’!

Neil
Well, according to Janelle Shane, we can learn a lot about something by seeing how it goes wrong. Here she is, talking about an AI which had been told to solve maths problems:

Janelle Shane
It seemed to be that it was getting scored on how many wrong answers it got, and it was supposed to be minimising the number of wrong answers, and just by a stroke of luck as part of its trial and error flailing around, one of the flails it did accidentally deleted the solutions list, and then it and everybody else got a perfect score.

Sam
So, AIs learn by minimising their errors – reducing them as much as possible. And sometimes, these algorithms only discover the right answer by a stroke of luck – when something unexpected happens by good luck or chance. It seems to me that they’re not so intelligent after all!

Neil
Well, let’s settle it once and for all by answering today’s quiz question. Remember I asked you how intelligent AI was in terms of brain cell count and you said, as intelligent as…

Sam
I said c) a bumblebee.

Neil
Well, here’s Janelle again with the answer…

Janelle Shane
If you’re looking at rough computing power, the algorithms we’re working with are probably somewhere around the level of an earthworm.

Sam
So, the correct answer was b) as clever as an earthworm! No wonder AIs can’t cook!

Neil
Or take a maths test without cheating! In this programme we’ve been looking at artificial intelligence, or AI, and seeing how programmers – that’s people who write instructions for computers to follow create algorithms – sets of rules used in problem-solving.

Sam
AI learns through trial and error – repeating the same activity again and again until discovering the best way, and minimising – reducing as much as possible, the number of errors it makes.

Neil
And success can be the result of a stroke of luck, when something unexpected happens purely by chance, although so far that hasn’t helped AIs to write good chat-up lines – the flattering remarks people make to get to know someone they find attractive.

Sam
And AIs don’t know much about cooking oysters either!

Neil
That’s all from us from this programme. Be sure to join us again for more topical discussion and vocabulary at 6  Minute English for BBC Learning English. Bye for now!

Sam
Bye.

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BITTER WINTER

A MAGAZINE ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA

three friends of winter

Fri, March 27, 2020

 

Coronavirus: CCP Beware, the Lawyers Are Coming

03/25/2020 | 

Under international law, China and/or the Chinese Communist Party can and should be sued for the enormous damages they caused to the world.

by Massimo Introvigne

A hearing at the International Court of JusticeA hearing at the International Court of Justice (credits).

When all this will be over, and perhaps even before, the CCP may find itself attacked by an enemy its mighty military power will not be able to stop, aggressive Western lawyers. It is slowly becoming obvious that there is ground in international law to sue the Chinese government and/or the CCP for the damages their irresponsible conduct caused to the whole world. A study by American legal scholar James Kraska discussed this point. I do not agree with all his statements, but am summarizing and developing here some of his ideas, adding others of my own.

What would be the legal basis for the lawsuits? It is, indeed, a basis the world created with China in mind. In 2002, SARS spread from China’s Guangdong province. By 2003, it had spread to 28 countries, with a total death toll of 774. The figure may now look small, compared to the victims of COVID-19, but the world realized that many casualties could have been avoided, had China not tried to shroud in secrecy the epidemic for several weeks after it occurred. SARS led to the new International Health Regulations of the World Health Organization (WHO),  adopted in 2005 and legally binding on all WHO member states, including China. The Regulations refer inter alia to SARS as well as to similar diseases “caused by a new subtype” (such is the virus responsible for COVID-19), and establish an obligation by member states to share relevant information within the WHO “within 24 hours.”

No matter how much China uses its political leverage to control statements by WHO leaders, it is crystal clear that China has violated its obligation to report under the 2005 Regulations. The story of Doctor Li Wenliang (1986-2020), to whose family the CCP apologized when he had already died from the disease, shows clearly that China did not want information on the virus to go public internationally, and those who dared to speak about it were threatened or put in jail. The CCP withheld crucial information for weeks, both at home and internationally, and there is a general consensus that, had China released them on time, thousands of lives would have been saved.

A crucial problem in international law is sanctions. Proclaiming that UN member states are responsible for their actions is easy. Sanctioning them is difficult. To help with the notoriously intractable problem of enforcing international law, the United Nations established in 1947 the International Law Commission (ILC). In 2001, this Commission published the Draft Articles on the Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts. Many have noted the limits of the ILC: its documents are authoritative but not legally binding on member states. However, the case law of the International Court of Justice tells a partially different story. The Court has used ILC documents, including the Draft Articles, as guidelines to interpret international law. Art. 34 of the Draft Articles states that a state that intentionally breached an international obligation is liable to “full reparation for the injury caused by the internationally wrongful act,” in “the form of restitution, compensation and satisfaction.” Of interest is also Art. 39, according to which, “In the determination of reparation, account shall be taken of the contribution to the injury by willful or negligent action or omission of the injured State or any person or entity in relation to whom reparation is sought.” This means that, in addition to China as a state, entities (such as the CCP) or persons (such as President Xi Jinping and others) who, to say the least, “contributed” to the Chinese breach of its obligation to share immediately information with the rest of the world through the WHO, are also liable.

The damages are obviously enormous. China may find several ways to reject the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, whose president, by the way, is a Chinese, Ms. Xue Hanqin. However, states have found alternative way to punish the wrongdoers. Since 2016, the Global Magnitsky Act authorizes the United States to take action against human rights offenders. Courts throughout the world have also accepted civil lawsuits seeking damages from foreign officials. The Western lawyers’ fantasy is almost without limits. There should be many ways to hold China, the CCP, Mr. Xi Jinping and all those who cooperated in the cover-up liable for the enormous amount of deaths, tragedy, and economic damages they caused. CCP beware: the lawyers are coming, and this may be good news for the world.

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BITTER WINTER

A MAGAZINE ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA

three friends of winter

Fri, March 27, 2020

 

CCP Uses Coronavirus as a Pretext to Hunt down Believers

03/27/2020 | 

Exploiting control measures to prevent the spread of the virus, authorities in China track down members of The Church of Almighty God and other banned groups.

by Yang Xiangwen 

China’s excessive use of technology to monitor its citizens has increased even more during the coronavirus epidemic, experts say, indicating that the CCP uses it as a pretext to accelerate the mass collection of personal data through facial recognition and other means in the name of preserving public health. Members of the banned religious groups are among the primary targets.

According to the information received by Bitter Winter, during the spread of the virus, the CCP didn’t stop arresting members of The Church of Almighty God, which is the single most persecuted religious group in China. At least 100 members in Sichuan, Fujian, and Shandong provinces have been arrested since January.

As noted in a 2018 report by  the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, “During 2014-2018, the Chinese Communist Party’s monitoring, arrest, and persecution had caused at least 500,000 Church of Almighty God (CAG) Christians to flee their home, and several hundred thousand families had been torn apart.”

Checkpoints have been set up at the entrances to residential communities and hospitals in Shandong’s Zibo city, requiring to scan residents’ health codes.Checkpoints have been set up at the entrances to residential communities and hospitals in Shandong’s Zibo city, requiring to scan residents’ health codes.

“I hide under a bed every time officials come for a house inspection,” one of the CAG members on the run said helplessly to Bitter Winter. She has been on the government’s wanted list, compiled in the framework of the nationwide campaign “to clean up gang crime and eliminate evil,” authorities offering awards from 5,000 to 10,000 RMB (about $ 700-1,400) for information about her.

Forced to leave their homes to evade persecution, many believers from groups designated as xie jiao seek refuge in rented apartments far from their former places of residence. As monitoring and information collection measures intensified in the past few months, the already difficult situation of these believers on the run has become even more complicated and dangerous. To enforce that people would stay at home during the spread of the virus, the government dispatched large numbers of staff to investigate tenants in each household, which increased probability for members of the banned groups to be found and arrested.

Police officers at a checkpoint in Hangzhou East Railway Station instruct passengers to use their mobile phones to scan health codes.Police officers at a checkpoint in Hangzhou East Railway Station instruct passengers to use their mobile phones to scan health codes.

A government employee from Shandong Province revealed that his superiors ordered him in early February to investigate non-local tenants in his residential community, paying particular attention to believers of banned religious groups like the CAG and Falun Gong.

A CAG member’s home in the northern province of Hebei was inspected by an epidemic prevention group, consisting of representatives from the local community, medical personnel, and police officers. He was identified as a member of a xie jiao and was arrested, interrogated, and tortured. One of the officers hit him with a desk calendar on the face after he covered his mouth with a plastic bag, while another stepped on his foot and beat his calves with an iron rod, gravely injuring them. The officers also forced him to hold a working electric baton in his hands.

According to a member of an epidemic prevention group, the government of his locality imposed a fine of 5,000 RMB (about $ 700) on the landlords who are found to have rented out their properties or taken in tenants without authorization. Anyone who provides information about such cases is rewarded with 2,000 RMB (about $ 280).

In February, three community staff members in the northern province of Shanxi came to inspect the home where a CAG member on the run lived, the next day after she moved in. For fear of being arrested, she did not provide her ID information, and the personnel reported her to the local police station as “a suspicious person.”

Passengers at the Hangzhou East Railway Station are asked to show ID cards and health codes.Passengers at the Hangzhou East Railway Station are asked to show ID cards and health codes.

Amid the epidemic, people entering and leaving communities, shopping malls, offices, and other public places in China are required to scan a health code on their mobile phones or fill out personal information forms. Pharmacies and stores demand real name registration from their customers buying medicine or daily supplies. These surveillance measures add to the challenges faced by CAG believers on the run.

In Sanya city, Hainan Province, a community personnel member, together with a police officer, goes door-to-door to verify residents’ ID information.In Sanya city, Hainan Province, a community personnel member, together with a police officer, goes door-to-door to verify residents’ ID information.

A CAG believer recounted how she went to a pharmacy to get medicine for the sore throat, coughing, and diarrhea she started experiencing, and had to register her name, age, and mobile phone number to buy them.

Another CAG member from Shanxi’s Jinzhong city told Bitter Winter that on February 14, a clerk in a bakery stopped her at the door, demanding to register her name, ID card number, mobile phone number, and home address before entering. “This is an order from the government, and no one is spared,” the clerk explained. 

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March 28, 2020

 


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