A 10-year-old boy went viral on Chinese social media for threatening to kill a man with a vegetable knife after allegedly being told it would be difficult to conduct a city-mandated COVID-19 test while he was on his hoverboard.
The video, shared by Chinese news outlet Xing Shi Pin on Sunday, shows the boy from Shanghai screaming as he is being pinned down by healthcare workers wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
A man dressed in black slacks and a white shirt can be seen approaching the boy and taking away his knife. After he is no longer restrained, the boy shouts at one of the healthcare workers and punches another.
“Nobody can stop me. I’ll have to hack him to death,” the boy screams at the healthcare workers. He was also filmed telling the men “I’ll kill myself once I get home” and ordering a concerned elderly woman to “get lost” or else he will “beat her up.”
The boy eventually left the scene on a hoverboard. According to several online comments by Chinese netizens, a healthcare worker scolded the boy after informing him that it would be difficult to test him for COVID-19 while he was on his hoverboard. Infuriated, the boy allegedly retrieved a vegetable knife from his house and returned to the testing area to threaten the man.
In March, 26 million people in Shanghai were placed under a two-stage lockdown following a surge of COVID-19 infections in the city. A video surfaced on Chinese social media showing residents screaming out of their windows a week after the lockdown started.
The Chinese government eventually eased restrictions on June 1, allowing most of Shanghai’s residents to leave their homes and roam the city.
However, fear of another round of lockdown looms over the city as officials started mass testing again after the number of infected residents rose once more. On Monday, Chinese authorities reported 59 new infections.
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