Father and son are due to be released on Thursday, while Lee’s wife won’t be released until Sunday.
“It might be that we say, we miss home and we miss mum too much and maybe we just go home and just deal with it, but we also lose another weekend then,” Lee told Reuters.
“We are monitoring the situation because it seems like Shanghai is gradually shutting down anyway and if everything starts to close then there won’t be much benefit in being able to come and go.”
Despite the very small caseload versus the rest of the world, and the toll its tough counter-epidemic policies exact on the Chinese economy and its population, the government has repeatedly urged people to accept the measures.
“We must be soberly aware our country is a large one with a population of over 1.4 billion, coupled with unbalanced regional development and insufficient medical resources overall,” state-controlled People’s Daily wrote in a commentary on Tuesday.
“Once a large-scale rebound occurs, the epidemic will spread, and is bound to have a serious impact on economic and social development, and the final price will be higher and losses will be greater.”
The latest COVID-19 restrictions come days ahead of a once-every-five-years Communist Party congress starting on Oct 16, where Xi Jinping is widely expected to extend his decade-long leadership for another five years.