The Covid-19 epidemic put the Chinese poor, the elderly and the disabled into a corner. Goods and food have increased, they cannot go out but do not know how to order online.
According to the New York Times, Lucifer Zhang – a deaf and dumb woman living in Wuhan City (Hubei Province) – receives a $140 monthly stipend from the Chinese government.
Now, you have to buy a mask and disinfectant. Since Wuhan residents are not allowed to leave their homes, the 32-year-old woman and her mother cannot pick up rubbish at nearby markets.
Many Wuhan people buy goods online, and food prices are also rising because of the epidemic. Tomato prices increased 3 to 4 times compared to before. Ms. Zhang and her mother have not eaten meat for more than a month.
The poor and disabled people suffer many injuries
The epidemic has affected 1.4 billion people in China. Even the rich and powerful must strictly obey isolation orders. But for the poor, the disabled, the elderly and the young, everything is much worse.
The corona virus epidemic has exposed the gap between rich and poor and holes in Chinese society. Local media reported that a 16-year-old man with cerebral palsy in Hubei province died of starvation.
A 6-year-old boy was found in an apartment in Shiyan (Hubei Province) next to his grandfather’s body. He said he didn’t go out because his grandfather told him to go out and get a virus. A young worker couple leaves their newborn child at a hospital in Guangdong province because of running out of money and unemployment.
In Henan Province, media reported that a 9th-grade female student tried to commit suicide after school was closed and she was unable to attend online classes. My whole family only has one phone.
China is one of the countries with the highest wealth gap in the world. The country of billions of people has more billionaires than the United States, but about 400 million people still lived below the poverty line in 2015, although in the past few decades hundreds of millions of Chinese have escaped from poverty, according to the World Bank.