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China: 27 dead, 20 injured after quarantine bus crash

A bus transporting infected patients to a Covid-19 quarantine facility in China has crashed, killing 27 passengers.

The coach overturned on a motorway in the southwestern province of Guizhou. Another 20 people were injured.

Since the beginning of the pandemic nearly three years ago, the Guizhou province has only seen two deaths due to the Covid virus.

Those who disagree with Beijing’s “zero-Covid” policy expressed their outrage online when the catastrophe happened.

The strict regulation requires extensive monitoring and screening of all individuals. Just a handful of cases can spark a city-wide lockdown.

The strict regulation requires extensive monitoring and screening of all individuals. Just a handful of cases can spark a city-wide lockdown. Those who have a positive test result and their close connections are required to either confine themselves at home or in a quarantine facility.

The authorities have not yet disclosed any information regarding what led to the collision that occurred early on Sunday morning.

Passenger buses are not permitted to operate on Chinese highways between 02:00 to 05:00. However, the accident occurred at 02:40 local time Monday (18:40 GMT Sunday) after the bus departed shortly after midnight, indicating the bus had violated the regulation.

Several people have also shared their unpleasant experiences online.

One said that dozens of passengers were squeezed into one bus for 12 hours at a stretch without being allowed to eat, go to the bathroom, open the windows or turn on the air-conditioning until they arrived at the quarantine hotel.

China is the only major economy that continues to prioritize the war against the virus more than nearly everything else, while the rest of the world is attempting to find ways to coexist with Covid.

There has been a recent rise in the number of infectious diseases in Guizhou.

On Saturday, the province reported 712 new cases, which accounts for around 70 percent of the country’s total.

More than 21 million people are forced to wait for PCR tests every three days to enter public buildings and even local stores in Beijing. BKM/ Expat Media


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