Restaurants and malls are open, but to enter, customers have to activate a health code on their smartphones. The code tracks their movements and determines whether they have been to any risky places. Only those with green codes are allowed in. Many offices insist on green codes, too. A red code, or even an amber one, is the scarlet letter of 2020. You can have concerns about privacy, or you can have a functioning life. You can’t have both. Security guards with temperature guns man the gates at supermarkets and residential compounds, pointing them at the wrists of every person who wants to enter.
by Geoffrey Grider,
Only those with green codes are allowed in. Many offices insist on green codes, too. A red code, or even an amber one, is the scarlet letter of 2020. You can have concerns about privacy, or you can have a functioning life. Not both.
Little by little, and inch by inch, the whole world is being brought under the control of the New World Order, and it’s being done under the guise of fighting a virus. China, the country that released this infection upon all of us, seems to be leading the way on all counts. After rolling out contact tracing on smart devices, now come the health codes that you device will generate to either let you in or keep you out of mainstream society in China. In a matter of months it will make its way here to America.
“And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.” Daniel 7:25,26 (KJB)
One thing the global elites are counting on is the gradual weakening of our resolve to resist the ever-increasing oppression they are placing us under. Having successfully made us afraid of a virus with a 0.6% mortality rate, and having successfully forced us to put the masks on, getting us to accept full time contact tracing with health codes is a walk in the park. The question is, what will you say when they force you to take the vaccine? And rest assured, based on all their actions up to this point, they will force you to take it.
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FROM HOUSTON CHRON: Restaurants and malls in China are open, but to enter, customers have to activate a health code on their smartphones. The code tracks their movements and determines whether they have been to any risky places. Only those with green codes are allowed in. Many offices insist on green codes, too. A red code, or even an amber one, is the scarlet letter of 2020.
YOU CAN HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT PRIVACY, OR YOU CAN HAVE A FUNCTIONING LIFE. YOU CAN’T HAVE BOTH.
Security guards with temperature guns man the gates at supermarkets and residential compounds, pointing them at the wrists of every person who wants to enter. This is largely a formality, as the reading often does not reflect reality. This reporter has recorded temperatures in the low 80s on several occasions, yet was alive enough to walk through the gate.
Gyms are open, but only if they are above ground. Movie theaters on Monday turned the lights back on, but at 30 percent capacity and with no eating or drinking allowed. Beijing’s main tourist attractions, such as the Forbidden City, require advance reservations, and masks are compulsory. They also are mandatory on public transport and in taxis.
As countries around the world try to find the balance between health and economic considerations to deal with a second or third – or in the case of the United States, first – wave of the coronavirus, China has found its sweet spot. These controls involve immediate lockdowns, mass testing and the use of surveillance technology to a degree that the ruling Communist Party could have only dreamed about when this year dawned.
When a cluster erupted around the Xinfadi food market in Beijing last month, municipal authorities confined 75,000 people to their homes and tested 11 million residents in the space of a few weeks. When traces of the virus were linked to salmon imported from Norway, they even tried to swab the throats of the fish (although it is not clear that salmon have throats).
CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING HAS DECLARED “VICTORY” OVER THE VIRUS, BUT AUTHORITIES REMAIN COMBAT-READY. “LOW RISK [IS NOT EQUAL TO] ≠ ZERO RISK,” BLARES ONE RED AND WHITE PROPAGANDA BANNER NEAR THE BELL TOWER. “THE BATTLE IS NOT YET OVER, AND NO SLACKENING IN PREVENTION AND CONTROL.”
Across the square, where elderly residents gather – mostly mask-free – to play mah-jongg under the shades of the trees, another sign exhorted: “Wear a mask, wash hands frequently, ensure regular ventilation, and maintain good personal hygiene.”
Beijing’s virus-response level ticked down a notch Monday, to three, paving the way for performances and sports events to resume and for public places such as museums to operate at 50 percent capacity.
“BEIJING MOBILIZED THE ENTIRE CITY TO EFFECTIVELY CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS,” CHEN BEI, DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT, SAID MONDAY. BEIJINGERS MUST CONTINUE PROMOTING NEW HABITS AND PRACTICES TO “ENSURE NO SLACKENING IN THE NEW NORMAL OF OUR EPIDEMIC CONTROL,” SHE SAID.
The same controls are being implemented in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region, where a new cluster of cases emerged last week. The city, already under strict controls as part of the central government’s efforts to repress the Uighur minority, ground to a halt at the weekend when “wartime” measures were enacted. READ MORE
COVID-19: Tracking apps with health codes boost state surveillance in China
In China, mobile data is becoming a key tool in the fight against COVID-19. Across the country, local authorities are increasingly working hand in hand with the technology provided by health tracking apps. But according to The New York Times, some of the information is being shared with the Chinese police. Our Beijing correspondent Charles Pellegrin and his team report.
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