China has unveiled a series of strict measures to curb the country’s COVID spread. One of such laws is to house the suspected COVID patients inside metal boxes.
China has imposed several draconian rules on its citizens under its "zero Covid" policy, placing millions under quarantine even as Beijing prepares to host next month's Winter Olympics.
People, including pregnant women, children and elderly, are being forced to stay in these crammed boxes furnished with a wooden bed and a toilet - for as long as two weeks - even if a single person tests positive in their locality, reported Daily mail.
In several areas, residents were told just after midnight that they need to leave their homes and go to the quarantine centres, it said.
In China, mandatory track-and-trace apps mean close contacts are usually detected and quarantined quickly.
Around 20 million people are now confined to their homes in China and are banned from leaving their home even to buy food, according to the report.
This comes days after the distressing case of a pregnant Chinese woman miscarrying after a strict lockdown delayed her access to medical treatment. The incident reignited debate over the limits of China's zero-tolerance approach to Covid-19.
China has a formula called "dynamic zero" for curbing outbreaks: strict lockdowns and immediate mass testing.