Buddha Quotes on Life:

  • “Learn this from water: loud splashes the brook but the oceans depth are calm.”

    • “If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart..”

      • “Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except yourself.”

Was COVID-19 Escaper Shot Dead in Wuhan?

 People all over the world have been sharing a video that they claim shows a woman killed by police in China for trying to escape quarantine for the COVID-19 virus, which has infected more than 70,000 people since it first appeared in Wuhan, China in December 2019. The propagation of this video is evidence of the rising hysteria about the virus online. However, our team took a closer look, and found out that the video itself tells an entirely different story. 
The 21-second video shows a person wearing a yellow jacket and black trousers lying motionless on the ground. The person’s face is covered in blood. In the background someone is screaming, and at the very end of the video a woman runs towards the person on the ground. The video has garnered hundreds of thousands of views on social media, especially Twitter.
Social media users claimed that the person on the ground was a woman fatally shot by police when she tried to break past the blockade set up to try to contain the virus in Wuzu, a city in Hubei province.
The video was indeed filmed in the small town of Wuzu, located about 200km to the east of Wuhan. However, there are several different clues in the video that cast doubt on the rest of the story shared by people online.
Why this video is false

Our team spoke with a Wuzu resident who wanted to
remain anonymous to protect his own safety. We’ll refer to him as Zhang W. He didn’t witness the scene in the video himself but he did speak with several eyewitnesses after the fact.
I can confirm that this incident took place in front of Siyuan School in Wuzu on January 29, 2020. I live right by the school and a few of my friends witnessed the incident in the video. Contrary to what people are saying on Twitter, the person on the ground is a man, not a woman, and he wasn’t killed by the police, he had a motorbike accident.
Zhang W. sent us another version of the video shared online, which is a fraction of a second longer. If you pause the video, you can see that there is a motorbike or scooter lying on its side on the sidewalk a few metres from the person on the ground. Also, at 0’04, you can see that the concrete barrier around a nearby tree has been damaged.
In a nutshell:
From our investigation, we were able to establish that this video, which does show a real accident, was taken out of context and used to feed into the alarmist's rhetoric about COVID-19 that is currently circulating on social media. Be an smart reader, not an alarmist.
(Source: https://observers.france24.com)
New Words:
quarantine (v) (n) /ˈkwɔːrəntiːn/: to keep animals or people away from others to prevent a disease from spreading.
- propagate (v) /ˈprɒpəɡeɪt/: spread a piece of news or an idea among people
==> propagation (n)
- hysteria (n) /hɪˈstɪəriə/: the state of extreme excitement or anger, even staring to cry or laughing in a crazy way
- garner (v) ˈɡɑːnə(r)/ = gather, collect pieces of information.
- blockade (n) /blɒˈkeɪd/: a barrier or an action that stops people from entering or going out.
- blockage (n) /ˈblɒkɪdʒ/: a thing that blocks the flow of movement or water.
- cast doubt on something (v): make somebody think again or doubt something which has been believed to be true.
- remain anonymous (v) /əˈnɒnɪməs/: keep anonymous, keep unknown.
- refer to somebody (as something) (v): mention or talk about something or somebody.
- feed into (v): to have an effect on or react to.
- rhetoric (n) /ˈretərɪk/speech or writing that is not totally honest
==> rhetorical (adj): 

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