BEIJING (AP) — A bus believed to be carrying 47 people under COVID-19 quarantine in southwest China crashed before dawn on Sunday morning, killing 27 people and injuring 20 others, media said.
The bus overturned on a highway in Guizhou province, according to a brief statement from Sandu County police, without mentioning any connection to the quarantine. The injured were being treated, he added.
Chinese business newspaper Caixin said Sandu officials confirmed the passengers were “people linked to the epidemic” being transported from Guiyang, the provincial capital, to Lido County, which is about 200 kilometers (125 miles) southeast.
Guiyang reported around 180 new cases on Friday. China has maintained a strict “zero-COVID” policy that isolates infected people and close contacts to try to contain the spread of the disease.
The bus overturned around 2:40 a.m., according to an online report from a branch of the Guizhou Daily media group. Following the crash, he said provincial leaders had called for a review of pandemic transfer and isolation procedures.
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