The Way The Chinese Are Dealing With ‘Covidiots’ Is Extreme But Hilarious

AvatarHannah Humphreys
Published 24.03.20

Ok, so this morning we all woke up in tough and extremely serious times so we don’t want to make too much of a laugh and a joke about all that is going on in the world right now, but sometimes I feel it is important to try and have a giggle even if this is pretty extreme.

It seems Chinese authorities are cracking the whip (fishnet) when it comes to dealing with ‘covidiots’ who do not comply with stringent lockdown measures in a clip shared on social media.

For those of you who haven’t yet heard the term ‘covidiot’ it relates to someone who ignores the warnings regarding public health or safety amid the 2020 Covid-19 crisis and features in the urban dictionary.

It has been regularly used across social media informing many memes and statuses – especially in relation to those who were seen filling their trollies with stocks of toilet paper over the last couple of weeks.

Despite things seeming to settle down in China where the initial coronavirus outbreak began after a week of no new cases except one reported in Wuhan (the virus epicentre) on Tuesday –  it appears Chinese authorities are continuing to conduct training exercises to deal with people who do not comply with procedures.

The training video appears to simulate a real-life situation in which a driver of a vehicle at a border does not comply with instruction resulting in authorities taking further measures to subdue him.

I have to say, it is pretty extreme and wouldn’t be at all pleasant for the individual on the receiving end and we probably wouldn’t want to see such measures implemented in the UK but it does happen to be quite funny – especially with the fishnet device over the head.

Although, I’m not entirely sure what the purpose of the fishnet is, it must have some kind of use in this sort of situation.

Not sure it catches coronavirus though – excuse the pun.

Fingers crossed there won’t be much need for such physical measures as Chinese officials say lockdown will be partially lifted on 8 April.

Travel restrictions in the rest of Hubei province, where Wuhan is located will be lifted from midnight on Tuesday – for residents who are healthy.

As this is only the UK’s first full day in lockdown we can only sit and wait until we see the light at the end of the tunnel as China has.

In the meantime, we must remain positive and keep ourselves as busy as we can – if anything it’s an excuse to get all those odd jobs done around the house that we’ve been putting off for months, even years.

I have an extremely lengthy garden fence to paint and overgrown borders to tend to.

But ever the procrastinator I’ve opted for wine weekdays not just wine Wednesday’s so it seems the fence can wait.