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I spent 10 days in a secret Chinese Covid detention centre

By Thomas Hale

03 Nov 2022 · 15 min read

Editor's Note

With only a fews hours' notice, the Financial Times's Shanghai correspondent was whisked away to a secret quarantine facility in the middle of the night. This is his story.

The call came from a number I did not recognise.

“You need to quarantine,” a man on the other end of the line said in Mandarin. He was calling from the Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “I’ll come and get you in about four or five hours.”

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