Fears spread inside China’s camps as Covid-19 cases rise in the Xinjiang region

Fears related to the spread of the deadly coronavirus have been rising now that it could reach the secretive internment camp in China. This is due to the fact that Covid-19 cases in the Xinjiang region have been observed to rise rapidly and have been generating fears to hit the area hardest where China has detained more than a million Muslim minority people.

A total of 68 new cases of Covid-19 were reported by the Chinese health authorities on Monday that included the 57 cases in the far western region of Xinjiang as well. Thus, this number has resulted in bringing the total number of coronavirus cases to 235. 

This outbreak began just two weeks ago after witnessing no infections for a reported five-month streak in Xinjiang. However, the intensity of the outbreak is such that it is appearing to take hold in the capital city of Urumqi and is also likely to spread to Kashgar which is about 300km away.

Fears spread inside China’s camps as Covid-19 cases rise in the Xinjiang region
Fears spread inside China’s camps as Covid-19 cases rise in the Xinjiang region

China’s program of mass incarceration of Uighur and other Turkic Muslims has been sheltered by this region. This particular act has also drawn international condemnation and accusations that the surveillance, detention, abuse, and restrictions on cultural and religious beliefs amount to cultural genocide.

However, despite the international pressure and growing evidence, these pieces of evidence have been strenuously denied by Beijing claiming that its policies are made to counter-terrorism wherein their camps are kept secret from international inspectors and the public.

Contributing to this thought, a senior lecturer in politics and international relations at James Cook University in Australia, Dr. Anna Hayes said in a statement that the level of secrecy that has been very well coupled with the potential for officials to cover up outbreaks is just stating that any outbreak in the camps may never be made public.




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