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China’s Deadly Quarantine Bus Crash Stokes Covid Zero Anger

  • Crash in China’s southwest kills more than two dozen people
  • Public outcry a challenge ahead of Communist Party Congress
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A bus crash that killed more than two dozen people on their way to quarantine in China’s southwest has ignited a wave of criticism of the strict Covid Zero policy that is taking a heavy toll domestically and has left the country isolated.

A local official apologized for the deaths of 27 people, and injuries to 20 others, when a bus being used to ferry them to Covid isolation facilities overturned early Sunday morning in Guizhou province. While the deputy mayor of the capital, Guiyang, vowed to investigate the incident and hold those responsible accountable, public anger is mounting, with the incident swiftly becoming a lightning rod for frustrations at the government’s zero-tolerance virus approach.