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Disturbing viral video shows elderly Shanghai man taken away in a body bag — while still alive
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Disturbing viral video shows elderly Shanghai man taken away in a body bag — while still alive

A disturbing video has reportedly shown Shanghai officials taking away an elderly man in a body bag.

The elderly man, however, is quickly discovered to be alive.

At least four health officials have lost their jobs over the incident, reports say.

What are the details?

The BBC has reported that four health officials carted away an elderly patient — who was believed to be dead — from a Shanghai care home.

In video that has since gone viral on social media, the officials can be seen wheeling the elderly man's body down the street and loading it a hearse before realizing that the elderly man was still alive.

The health officials can then be seen opening the bag. At least one worker can be heard confirming that the patient is, indeed, still alive.

The workers immediately recoil upon realizing the mistake and begin discussing what to do.

Local officials confirmed the incident on Monday and stated that the patient was transported to a local hospital, where he was admitted in stable condition.

Manya Koetse, editor in chief of What's on Weibo, tweeted the video and captioned it, "This is the video everyone's talking about today, showing how a Shanghai nursing home resident is taken away to the morgue in a body bag. At around 38 sec in the video, the staff member backs away and says: 'He's alive. He's alive, I saw it. Don't cover him anymore.'"

Koetse's video has been viewed more than 86,000 times at the time of this reporting.

Anything else to know about this?

CNN reported that the incident has sparked widespread condemnation across Chinese social media amid extreme COVID-19 lockdowns across the city.

"The problems in Shanghai are fully exposed this time," one user wrote.

Another added, "This counts as intentional homicide."

A third insisted, "The government doesn't care ... what is going on in Shanghai?"

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