According to media reports, a bus carrying 47 passengers to COVID-19 quarantine in southwest China crashed early Sunday morning, killing 27 and injuring 20 others.
The bus overturned on an expressway in Guizhou province, according to a brief statement from Sandu county police, which did not mention quarantine. It stated that the injured were being treated.
Sandu officials acknowledged to Chinese business news source Caixin that the passengers were “epidemic-related persons” being transported from Guiyang, the province capital, to Lido county, which is around 200 kilometers (125 miles) southeast.
On Friday, Guiyang reported approximately 180 additional cases.
To try to control the spread of the disease, China has maintained a rigorous “zero-COVID” policy that isolates sick persons and close contacts.
According to an online post by an arm of the Guizhou Daily media company, the bus flipped at 2:40 a.m. Following the event, provincial leaders demanded an investigation into pandemic transfer and isolation measures.