Regime Threatens Death Penalty for COVID-19 Infected Who Cross Into China

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Police officers are checking information with a truck driver (L) at a checkpoint in Ningbo in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province on Dec. 18, 2021. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

The Epoch Times

By Alex Wu

China’s ruling communist party has warned local authorities in its latest COVID-19 control notice that anyone infected with COVID-19 crossing the border into China will face the death penalty.

On June 2, nine governmental bodies of Fangchenggang city in China’s southwestern province of Guangxi jointly issued the official epidemic control notice on their Chinese social media accounts. They include the Municipal Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Public Security Bureau, and the Dongxing Customs Anti-Smuggling Branch.

Article 6 in the notice stated that anyone infected with COVID-19 or those who help infected individuals cross the border without permission will be charged with endangering public safety, which is punishable by death, fines, and the confiscation of property.

The policy was met with outrage on social media and the notice subsequently deleted from the official accounts of the local authorities on June 3. Netizens questioned the appropriateness of the death penalty and whether local governments have the right to convict and sentence someone to death.

One post read, “Is there any legal basis for it?”

Another said in a post, “They need to understand the law in the first place. The power to determine death penalty is in the Supreme Court, not in a local small town’s government.” A third said, “In fact, the epidemic is not scary at all, but people’s hearts are much more scary.”

This is not the first time that the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) penalties against citizens who violate its COVID-19 regulations have caused wide criticism. Last December in Baise, another city in Guangxi Province which borders Vietnam, authorities paraded four residents who allegedly violated local COVID-19 restrictions for public humiliation, hanging placards around their necks displaying their photos and names, just as the CCP did in the Cultural Revolution.

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Communist Party cadres hang a placard on the neck of a Chinese man during the Cultural Revolution in 1966. The words on the placard states the man’s name and accuse him of being a member of the “black class.” (Public Domain)

Each resident was held by two police officers and guided through the streets full of people and surrounded by armed riot police. The videos and photos of the shaming parade were posted online and attracted wide attention and criticism.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the CCP has adopted various extreme virus prevention and control measures, such as citywide mass lockdowns, suspension of medical services, sticking seals on doors of the residence of COVID-19 patients, welding doors of residential buildings shut where COVID-19 cases are found, among others. The measures have caused many tragedies and much human suffering, triggering increasing public anger.

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A screenshot of a post on Chinese social media Weibo of an official notice put on the door of a public restroom in Beijing, requesting negative PCR test certificate within 48 hours to enter. May, 2022. (Weibo)

In May, in the nation’s capital Beijing, citizens were required by the authorities to show a negative nucleic acid test certificate from within the last 48 hours in order to use public restrooms. Brave netizens online said that the country’s epidemic control measures had reached an absurd level.