On November 20, tens of thousands of people gathered for a marathon in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. At the same time, many sub-districts in Chengdu are in lockdown. Some schools have suspended in class learning due to the pandemic. A domestic netizen scoffed, “One side in lockdown, one side people run a marathon. One city, two systems, it’s ridiculous!”

According to Haiwainet, at 7:30 on November 20, the 2022 Chengdu Marathon began at the city’s Jinsha Site Museum. The first half of the race ended at the Tianfu International Financial Center. The finish line was at the Chengdu Century City International Exhibition Center.

The photos shared by netizens showed that the street was filled with tens of thousands of people and no one was wearing a mask.

A video (from 2:23) on the internet shows the contestants all wearing masks before the start of the race, but after the shooting started, most of the contestants took off their masks and ran. The track was packed. There were security guards next to the track, but all of them were wearing masks.

As reported by The Paper, from midnight on November 18 to midnight on November 19, there were 200 new COVID-19 cases in Chengdu. Thirty-four were close contact, 115 were quarantined and controlled, 12 cases were screened by medical staff, 33 cases were screened in the community and 6 cases were actively examined. As of 12 p.m. on November 20, Chengdu has 201 high-risk areas and 16 low-risk areas.

As reported by ifeng, on November 19, Chengdu deployed extensive nucleic acid testing in the Sichuan Tianfu New Area, Chengdu High-Tech Park, and the Longquanyi District. On November 20, extensive nucleic acid testing was launched in Chenghua District, as well as Pengzhou City, Zhucheng District, Shuangliu District, streets and towns where infected cases were detected. At the same time, Jinjiang District, Qingyang District, Jinniu District, Wuhou District, Wenjiang District and other regions have conducted extensive screening centered around the cases.

Longquanyi District is asking residents to stay at home for 5 days. A video shows that the road in Longquanyi district is deserted, different from the scene of the marathon.

Many schools have suspended in class learning.

Aboluowang said Chengdu organized a marathon during the pandemic, which caused local netizens to mock: “Funerals must be simplified, weddings are postponed, but the marathon must go on. If there is a new outbreak, are the people involved willing to take responsibility?”

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