27 killed in China after bus crashes en route to Covid quarantine

HONG KONG — At least 27 people were killed when a bus in southwest China crashed while transporting them to a Covid-19 quarantine facility, local authorities said, drawing

outrage from a public growing weary with the country’s strict “zero-Covid” policies. The bus overturned on an expressway around 2:40 a.m. on Sunday, 2 1/2 hours after it

left Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou Province, for a quarantine hotel in a different part of the province, state broadcaster CCTV reported, citing a news conference by Lin Gang,

Guiyang’s deputy mayor. Those on board included one driver, one staff member and 45 residents of Guiyang’s Yunyan District, he said. In addition to the 27 deaths, 20 others

were treated for injuries at a nearby hospital. Lin said officials were “extremely remorseful” about the accident and that the cause was under investigation. He also said

the procedures for Covid-related transportation and isolation would be examined. News of the accident drew a torrent of anger online, with some commenters questioning why

the passengers were being transported in the middle of the night. A hashtag about the accident garnered hundreds of millions of views on Chinese social media and was the top

trending topic. “Actually, 1.4 billion people are all on this same bus, the bus of Covid prevention and control,” one comment read, referring to China’s total

population.