27 people died after a bus carrying them to a Covid-19 quarantine facility crashed in the south-west province of Guizhou in China.
The Guizhou government confirmed on Sunday that the bus had been “transporting people linked to the epidemic to quarantine” from the provincial capital of Guiyang, and that the crash took place around 2:40 am on Sunday.
It remains unclear whether the passengers were infected with Covid, close contacts or living in the same building as virus patients.
The zero-Covid policy of China has often seen entire housing compounds of thousands of people shifted to purpose-built quarantine facilities, sometimes hundreds of kilometers away.
The bus crash quickly became Chinese social media Weibo’s top trending topic on Sunday before it suddenly disappeared from the top trending topics due to censorship in China.