China quarantine bus crash prompts outcry over ‘zero COVID’

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A nighttime bus crash that killed 27 people in southwest China this week has set off a storm of anger online over the harshness of the country’s strict COVID-19 policies. The passengers on the bus were traveling to a quarantine location outside their city of Guiyang. Following public anger, Guiyang fired three officials in charge of Yunyan district, where the residents had been picked up. Users online questioned how a driver could see properly when his face was covered up and why he was driving so late at night. Others accused the government of moving people so that the city would no longer report any new cases. Many comments were censored on Weibo, a popular social media platform.