Chinese Bus Carriying People To COVID Zones Gets In Deadly Accident

( )- A bus carrying 47 people to a COVID-19 quarantine facility in southwest China crashed early on Sunday morning, killing 27 people and wounding 20 more.

According to a brief statement from the Sandu county police, the bus overturned on a motorway in Guizhou province without citing any connection to quarantine. It stated that the injured were receiving care.

Sandu officials acknowledged the passengers were “epidemic-related persons,” according to the Chinese business news outlet Caixin. The passengers were transported from Guiyang, the province capital, to Lido county, located approximately 200 kilometers (125 miles) to the southeast.

On Friday, Guiyang reported a little over 180 additional cases. China has maintained a rigorous “zero-COVID” policy that isolates sick individuals and their close contacts to stop the disease from spreading.

According to an online post by a Guizhou Daily media group division, the bus flipped at around 2:40 in the morning. Following the incident, provincial officials demanded a review of the pandemic transfer and isolation procedures.

China has worked to implement a zero-tolerance policy and has been severe about isolating COVID-19-infected individuals and their contacts. The number of COVID cases in the province has increased over the last few days, and on Friday, Guiyang reported about 180 new cases.

According to Reuters, the larger province saw 712 new confirmed cases on Saturday or approximately 70% of all cases in China. Additionally, it represented a significant increase from the 154 instances reported across the province the day before.

Since the epidemic started in early 2020, China has recorded 2.7 million cases, and 15,123 people have perished from the illness. Currently, 612 million known cases of the disease worldwide, and 6.5 million individuals have passed away. According to figures from Johns Hopkins University, 95 million cases and 1 million deaths have occurred in the United States.

Though fury erupted online, and people questioned the government’s COVID-avoidance policy generally and initial lack of transparency from the authorities, a reckoning may also be on the way from the general public.

According to Reuters, a user of the social media platform WeChat said, “All of us are on this bus,” as another poster questioned, “When will all of this stop?”