Drones surveil empty streets as they broadcast instructions for urban residents to stay indoors. This report, which describes a city the Chinese government closed down to contain COVID-19, reads like a page ripped from a dystopian novel, but is entirely nonfiction and set in April 2022: present-day Shanghai, a city of 25 million people. As Lily Kuo, Lyric Li, Vic Chiang and Pei-Lin Wu report for The Washington Post, the city’s lockdown is draconian, and the struggle for some residents is life or death – even beyond the looming specter of the pandemic.
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Journalists Lily Kuo, Lyric Li, Vic Chiang and Pei-Lin Wu write for The Washington Post.