27 Dead After Packed 'Quarantine Bus' Crashes in China
Category: News & PoliticsVia: revillug • 3 months ago • 3 comments
By: Noah Kirsch (The Daily Beast)
A bus en route to a COVID quarantine center in Guizhou, China, overturned on Sunday, killing 27 people and generating anger on social media.
The Chinese government has employed aggressive measures to combat the spread of coronavirus, which has sparked frustration in many pockets of the country.
According to initial media reports, 20 people were also injured in Sunday's crash.
Reuters reported that news of the accident sparked a flurry of activity on the Chinese social media app WeChat. "When will all of this stop?" questioned one user, while another person metaphorically stated that "all of us are on this bus."
The outlet also noted that discussion about the crash soon became the most popular topic on Weibo, a Chinese microblogging platform similar to Twitter, though it later vanished from a trending list—perhaps at the intervention of government officials.
The province has recently experienced an uptick in COVID cases, and the government is working to prevent a more serious surge.
The 47 passengers on Sunday's bus were reportedly being transported from Guizhou's capital, Guiyang, to Lido county, some 125 miles away.
This story is developing and will be updated.