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Twenty-seven people were killed and 20 injured when a COVID-19 quarantine bus overturned on a mountain road in China late Sunday night, local reports said.
The bus, which was transporting Chinese nationals for quarantine as part of China’s strict zero-coronavirus policy, sparked outrage on Chinese social media. The crash occurred in southern China’s Guizhou province, which accounts for the majority of his COVID-19 cases in the country.
The bus crash quickly surged to the top trending topic on China’s Weibo, which is essentially a clone of Twitter.
“What proof do you have that you won’t take that bus sometime at night?” one user wrote, according to The Guardian.
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“Who said we’re not on the bus late at night? We’re obviously all there. We’re all on this dreadful dark bus.” and the highest rated reply.
Chengdu, China during COVID lockdown during spike
local police announced the news of the crash Acquired 12,000 shares on social media. However, censorship was quickly set in motion due to backlash over China’s COVID-19 policies, and Crash was removed from the top 50 trending topics, the outlet reported.
Images of the bus circulated widely on social media before being taken down, reportedly showing the vehicle with its front end roof completely caved in.
According to Chinese business magazine Caixin, 65 million citizens in more than 30 cities across China are under strict quarantine. Government policy calls for the mass relocation of individuals who test positive for the virus.
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The World Health Organization has described China’s zero-coronavirus policy as “unsustainable,” saying recent strains of the virus are too contagious for its quarantine policy to succeed.
Julia Musto contributed to this report.