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Shocking Liuzhou Car Rampage and Stabbing Leaves Two Dead (Updated: Six Dead) and Many Injured

An incident that occurred on the Wenchang Bridge in Liuzhou on August 20 has left at least two people dead among many injured.

Manya Koetse

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Some shocking footage is making its rounds on WeChat (video link, viewer discretion advised), after a car rampage and stabbing took place in the city of Liuzhou earlier today.

The incident occurred around 11 in the morning (local time) at the Wenchang Bridge (文昌大桥) in Liuzhou, Guangxi province, when a man driving a black Toyota crashed his car into more than ten electric bikes on the offside lane on the motorway, injuring many people [number still unknown].

According to eyewitness accounts, the driver got out of his car after crashing into the vehicles and started stabbing people.

The footage that is circulating on Weibo and Wechat shows the shocking situation at the scene of the incident shortly after it occurred. It shows how some people, some already beyond rescue, are lying on the street, part of vehicles and electric bikes scattered around the scene (warning for very graphic footage posted by Sina News).

Chinese media report that two people have died due to their injuries.

The suspect, a 54-year-old from Xiangzhou county in Laibin, has now been arrested. The case is still being investigated by police, but several reports suggest the suspect is “emotionally conflicted.”

Another video of the scene and the arrest was published on Weibo by Qihuan Video here (video by The Paper).

On Weibo, some people complain about the little information provided on the incident by police and media. “Lately, this kind of news reporting has no head and no tail,” one person says.

There are also rumors going around about the context of the incident: “I’ll give you more background info,” one person from Liuzhou writes: “This happened near to where I work. This man was caught up in family issues, and first stabbed four people in one place and then went on to drive to the bridge where he crashed into people with his car. He rampaged the entire bridge, then got out of his car and stabbed into people. I’m so shocked. I’m so happy I left there early. The bridge is now closed off. They already got him. It seems he didn’t want to live. He also did not resist.”

This netizen’s report has not been confirmed by authorites. Rumors suggesting that some of the victims are the suspect’s own family members have also not been confirmed at time of writing.

Update:

On August 21, China Daily reports that six people were killed in the rampage and knife attack. More details here.

By Manya Koetse

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China’s Shulan City in “Wartime Mode” after Recording 13 COVID-19 Infections

Local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases in Shulan.

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The city of Shulan in China’s Jilin Province is top trending on Chinese social media today after local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases.

These are the first local infections in the entire province after a period of 73 days, China News reports, with other previous cases all being infections from abroad.

Last week, on May 7th, a female resident was the first to be tested positive for COVID-19. The city in northeast China is now the only place in the PRC to be marked as “high risk.”

One page on social media platform Weibo dedicated to the topic of Shulan going into “wartime mode” (“战时状态”) had received over 190 million views by Monday evening local time.

What does this “wartime mode” entail?
– All residents stay home, lockdown of residential compounds
– All public places closed
– Schools closed
– All public transportation suspended
– No more selling of fever-reducing medicine in clinics or stores

According to CGTN, a total of 290 people who have been in close contact with the infected patients have been traced and placed under medical observation.

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On Wuhan’s ‘Reopening Day’, Even Traffic Jams Are Celebrated

As the COVID-19 lockdown has ended in Wuhan, many people are happy to see the city’s traffic finally getting busy again. “I hated traffic jams before, now it makes me happy to see them.”

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It was chilly and grey in Wuhan when the coronavirus epicenter city went into a full lockdown on January 23 of this year. On April 8, 76 days later, it is sunny and twenty degrees warmer outside as people leave their homes to resume work or go for a stroll.

The end of the Wuhan lockdown is a special day for many, as the city finally lifted the 11-week-long ban that shut down all travel to and from the city in a radical effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

On Wednesday, city residents returned to work as public transport started again. Roads, bridges, and tunnels were reopened, and the local airport resumed flights.

On Chinese social media, various hashtags relating to the Wuhan lockdown end have become popular topics. Using hashtags such as “Wuhan Lifts the Ban” (#武汉解封#), “Wuhan Open Again after 76 Days” (#武汉暂停76天后重启#), and “Wuhan Reopens” (#武汉重启#), the end of the coronavirus ban is a much-discussed news item, along with the spectacular midnight light show that was organized to celebrate the city’s reopening.

The Wuhan lightshow, image via Xinhua.

“Today has finally arrived! It’s been difficult for the people of Wuhan,” some commenters write.

According to China’s official statistics, that are disputed, over 3330 people have died from the new coronavirus since its outbreak; 80% of these fatal cases were reported in Wuhan. On April 6, authorities claimed that for the first time since the virus outbreak, there were zero new COVID-19 deaths.

Some state media, including People’s Daily, report that the reopening of restaurants and food shops is going smoothly in the city, as people – for the first time since January – are back to buying pan-fried dumplings and noodles from their favorite vendors.

Meanwhile, the fact that the traffic in some Wuhan areas is back to being somewhat congested is something that is widely celebrated on social media.

Some call the mild traffic congestions “great”, viewing it as a sign that the city is coming back to life again after practically turning into a ghost town for all these weeks.

“I hated traffic jams before, now it makes me happy to see them,” one Weibo commenter writes.

“I won’t complain about congested traffic again, because it’s a sign the streets are flourishing,” another Weibo user posted.

While netizens and media outlets are celebrating the end of the lockdown, several Chinese media accounts also remind people on social media that although the ban has been lifted, people still need to be vigilant and refrain from gathering in groups and standing close to each other.

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