Maskless Woman Jumps Off Bridge To Avoid Checkpoint

Story By: John FengSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report


An angry wife who had stormed off after a row with her husband has been arrested after trying to smash her way through a coronavirus checkpoint and then jumping off a bridge when cops stopped her.

Ms Yan, from the village of Huanjiao in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province in South China, can be seen strutting up to officers manning the checkpoint on 11th February.

She is stopped by the uniformed officers who notice she is not wearing a surgical mask despite emergency regulations mandating the accessory in public spaces.

In the footage, Ms Yan can be seen arguing with one of the policemen when she suddenly grabs onto the bridge railings and jumps over.

The authorities said she did not fall into the river below but instead remained standing on one of the struts underneath the bridge.


Witness footage shows her being pushed into a small boat by cops and taken back onto the riverbank, where she was reportedly arrested.

Xie Jiansheng, deputy village secretary, told local media: “We weren’t sure where she had come from. She rushed up to the checkpoint, but our staff stopped her.

“She tried to force her way through, pushing staff members. She’s now in custody.”

The authorities said Ms Yan tried to leave the village after an argument with her husband.

Checkpoints monitoring and screening residents have become commonplace in mainland China during the coronavirus – now officially COVID-19 – outbreak.

The deadly respiratory disease has killed 1,380 people in China, as well as three in Hong Kong, the Philippines and now Japan.

The number of people infected by COVID-19 has surpassed 64,450.

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John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.

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