Thousands in China arrested for ‘Virus Related Crimes’

Diya Chaudhuri 7th September, 2020

Chinese police on duty (Source: NDTV)

The Supreme People’s Procuratorate, in a press release, stated that 5,797 people were arrested and 6,755 were prosecuted from January to July in China for ‘virus related crimes’. These include charges for killing health workers, selling defective medical equipment, and lying about travel history or health conditions. The announcement did not indicate what number of individuals were still in detainment, or whether some had been sentenced already.

According to NDTV, one case involved a customer being murdered when he reminded the shopkeeper to wear a mask. Another involved stabbing a health officer with a dagger while trying to monitor the temperature of passengers. Crimes have increased in China during the pandemic and there are individuals accused of creating fraud fundraisers for helping COVID patients.

China—a city of 1.1 crores—has largely controlled the spread of the coronavirus since its initial emergence in Wuhan in December 2019. This, however, comes on the heels of trying to recast Wuhan as a heroic victim of COVID despite facing international bitterness over the virus and initial coverups by Wuhan officials. It came up with a range of smartphone apps that allow them to instantly identify possible cases of the virus. Wearing a mask is compulsory in public places, cinemas, and supermarkets while many decide to wear one while outside also, as a protection against the infection.

China has zero locally transmitted cases in the last few days as reported by The Statesman, and the city is gradually moving back to its normal state. Schools have reopened, there are traffic jams in the streets and the malls are once again bustling with people.

(Sources: Times of India, The Hindu, CTV News, The Week, NDTV, Republic World, The Statesman)

Edited by Varun Vyas Hebbalalu

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