WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A nursing home resident was sent to the morgue in a sealed body bag, but upon checking, the person inside was still alive.
- Personnel in personal protective equipment recorded the incident on video, which has been posted on social media.
- The nursing home director and 3 other officials have been fired and the doctor responsible for the incident lost their license to practice medicine.
A Shanghai nursing home is under fire after putting a resident in a body bag to be transported to the morgue. This made headlines after a video surfaced online, where personnel in personal protective equipment are seen reopening the sealed body bag after noticing that the person inside was moving.
“He’s alive. He’s alive. Did you see? Don’t cover him anymore,” someone said in the clip now posted on social media.
“How can such a thing happen? They put him in the hearse and took him back out … It is irresponsible, really irresponsible,” the person behind the camera said while filming.
The video clip is posted on Weibo under different hashtags. One captioned with, “Shanghai old man taken away even though he’s not dead” has earned close to three million views since it has been posted.
“People won’t die of Covid in Shanghai. They’ll die because of inhumane treatment,” another one said in a post.
The district has confirmed the incident and reported that the resident is in stable condition, resting in a hospital. From the 5 officials under investigation, 4 have since been fired, including the nursing home director. The investigation team also looked in on one doctor, who is now no longer permitted to practice medicine.
This, coupled with increasing frustration with the pandemic response, restarted cries from the public about their discontent with the pandemic response, which includes lockdowns and other stricter government requirements.
Bloomberg puts 2.54 million residents in this area under lockdown, and Shanghai will continue with mass testing until Saturday. The Chinese government is ignoring contentions from the public and has made it clear that their approach remains unchanged.