Chinese Citizens Are Faking Coronavirus Tests To Leave Russia

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Alexandra Sternlicht   Forbes U.S. Staff

Chinese Citizens Are Faking Coronavirus Tests To Leave Russia

To get home to China, Chinese citizens have used falsified Covid-19 test results to board flights, reports South China Morning Post.

KEY FACTS

- The passengers provided fake negative nucleic acid test results, a requirement for people leaving Russia for China are required to take within five days of their departure, says the Chinese embassy in Moscow. 

- It is unclear if they were actually positive for the virus or faked the negative tests for another reason.

- Though this episode was reported by the embassy on Sunday, it reported a separate and nearly identical incident on May 29. 

- The passengers who faked the tests are under investigation and will “bear corresponding legal responsibilities,” said the embassy on its WeChat account on Monday. 

- The Chinese embassy says that the test counterfeiters “caused great harm to the health and safety of the passengers and crews of the flights, and undermined China’s domestic epidemic prevention work,” according to South China Morning Post

- In April, Chinese officials closed the border to Russia, calling it the “frontline” of the country’s mission to avoid a second wave of coronavirus (and have yet to reopen it).

KEY BACKGROUND

Experts around the world have been perplexed by Russia’s official coronavirus death rate, which was 13 fatalities per million in April (the global average was 36 per million). That was until the Moscow City government released April data showing 1,700 extra deaths that were not attributed to coronavirus. A senior researcher at the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration said “The number of Covid-19 victims [in Moscow] is possibly almost three times higher than the official toll,” to the New York Times.

Russia has the third-most coronavirus cases on the planet with about 600,000. China has reported over 83,400 cases. Moscow allowed indoor dining, gyms, swimming pools and recreation facilities to reopen Tuesday. Domestic tourism will not resume until July 1. 

 

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Alexandra Sternlicht   Forbes U.S. Staff

I’m the Under 30 Editorial Community Lead at Forbes. Previously, I directed marketing at a mobile app startup. I’ve also worked at The New York Times and New York Observer. I attended the University of Pennsylvania where I studied English and creative writing.