Bus Taking People to COVID Quarantine Crashes, Killing 27

Tragedy sparked outrage in China
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 19, 2022 12:00 AM CDT
Bus Taking People to COVID Quarantine Crashes, Killing 27
Aerial photo shows a community testing site for COVID-19 in Wudang District of Guiyang, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Sept. 5, 2022.   (Yang Ying/Xinhua via AP, File)

(Newser) – A bus reportedly taking 47 people to COVID-19 quarantine in southwest China crashed before dawn Sunday, killing 27 and injuring 20 others, media said. The bus overturned on an expressway in Guizhou province, a brief statement from the Sandu county police said, without mentioning any connection to quarantine. The injured were being treated, it said. Chinese business news outlet Caixin said Sandu officials confirmed the passengers were “epidemic-related people” being taken from Guiyang, the provincial capital, to Lido county, which is about 125 miles southeast, the AP reports.

Guiyang reported about 180 new cases on Friday. China has maintained a strict “zero-COVID” policy that isolates infected people and close contacts to try to contain the spread of the disease. The bus overturned about 2:40am, according to an online report by an arm of the Guizhou Daily media group. Following the accident, it said that provincial leaders called for an examination into the pandemic transfer and isolation procedures. The Guardian reports that there was an outcry on social media following the tragedy, with many criticizing the country's zero-COVID policy and posting comments like, "What proof do you have that you won’t be on that bus at night someday?" Threads about the crash, however, were quickly shut down on Weibo and WeChat.

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