Foreigners flout pandemic rules by walking their dog in Shanghai, China amid Covid-19 lockdown

A pair of foreigners sparked outrage among locals after they reportedly walked their dog in defiance of pandemic restrictions in locked-down Shanghai, China.

The foreign man claimed to be a diplomat and had gone outside with his wife on April 6 to walk their dog despite a directive banning residents from leaving their homes. Volunteers tried to persuade him to return home, but had to call the police when he insisted on staying outside.

When apprehended by officers, the ex-pat was reportedly heard saying : ‘I’m not Chinese. Your government doesn’t respect me, so I won’t respect you either.’

The pair were eventually escorted back to their residence.

Shanghai, China’s commercial centre and a major transport hub, was locked down after posting more than 114,000 new Covid-19 cases since the beginning of March. On Thursday, April 7, local health authorities reported a record 19,982 daily infections.

Authorities initially implemented a staggered lockdown in Shanghai on March 28, dividing the densely populated city in half and enforcing different restrictions in each area. The quarantine was supposed to end on April 5, but has now been extended indefinitely over the entirety of Shanghai.

Residents are not allowed to leave their homes even for essential goods, relying instead on rations doled out by government officials.

Despite its neighbours in the region learning to live with the virus, China has maintained its stringent zero-Covid approach. It has enforced severe lockdowns aimed at purging Covid-19 from the country.