China Uses “COVID App” to Limit Residents After Local Banks Run Out of Cash: Report

Beijing, June 14: According to BBC reports, Chinese Henan authorities are suspected of using the Covid app to restrict the movement of some residents in response to rare protests.

Several people say they have been forced to quarantine, are blocked from public transport, or enter buildings.

According to Chinese media, most are customers of four regional banks who have run into problems in providing cash withdrawals.

Banks have frozen deposits and prompted angry demonstrations last month, the BBC reported.

Banks and insurance regulators in China then ordered a bank investigation.

More than 39 billion yuan ($ 6 billion) has been frozen and is believed to affect hundreds of thousands of customers. COVID-19 in China: Shanghai curbs COVID-19 revival and reopens commercial stores..

In many Chinese cities, residents use the “Health Code” app to get in and out of buildings and stores, use public transport, and leave the city. The user must scan the QR code and display the color-coded “health status” on the phone before entering it.

If this status turns red, it indicates that the person has recently tested positive for Covid or is suspected of having Covid, and the BBC reports that it needs to be quarantined for 14 days.

On Tuesday, some residents had red status when trying to enter a train station, building, or hotel.

The number of affected people is unknown, but China reports that the problem is occurring in several towns and villages in Henan province.

Customers of four banks who traveled from other provinces to Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, encountered the same problem.

A customer at a bank in Zhengzhou found that her status was red and she was negative on her latest test, even though the BBC Chinese had never been in contact with a confirmed case. Said it was shown.

She added that she was visited by health officials who asked her to stay home and refused to explain why her condition suddenly turned red.

(The above story was first published on June 14, 2022 at 8:07 pm IST. Log on to our website for news and updates on politics, the world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle. please.

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