A bus transporting 47 people to a COVID quarantine facility in China has crashed, leaving at least 27 dead.
Chinese cities have rushed back to lock downs in a show of loyalty to the Chinese Communist leaders. As part of China’s “zero-Covid” policy, the quarantine camps are in full operation.
The Independent describes the “zero-Covid” policy as,” a more aggressive approach…which involves complete control and maximum suppression for the elimination of the virus by using aggressive public health measures, such as contact-tracing, social isolation, mass testing, and lockdowns.”
“In China, under this policy, cities are directed to impose stringent lockdowns and follow strict measures of social isolation even if only a small number of cases are reported. The objective of the strategy is to ensure there are no new infections and the virus is eliminated so that the nation can resume its usual social and economic affairs.”
In July, Xi’an, a Chinese city of 13 million people and capital of Shaanxi Province locked down for seven days due to 18 Covid cases.
Millions of chinese people are living in covid quarantine camps now!
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A bus reportedly taking 47 people to COVID-19 quarantine in southwest China crashed in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday morning, 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 that Sandu officials confirmed that the passengers were “epidemic-related people” being taken from Guiyang, the provincial capital, to Lido county, which is about 200 kilometers (125 miles) southeast.
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 2:40 a.m., 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.
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A bus reportedly taking 47 people to COVID-19 quarantine in southwest China crashed in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday morning, killing 27 and injuring 20 others, AP reported.#ArianaNews #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/KpcTQwwLWF
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