On May 5, a short video of a Chinese woman giving birth on bare road surfaced online.

She was lying on the concrete ground without any cover, resting her head on a man’s hands. A woman in protective clothing and mask was holding her newborn baby. The newborn’s umbilical cord was yet cut. There was also a medical stretcher by the woman’s side.

It is yet verified when or where the incident happened. But the video came out during a sensitive time in China when pandemic procedures tend to prevent citizens from accessing medical treatment in time.

For example, China News reported in early January that a woman in Xi’an city of Shaanxi province had a miscarriage after being forced to wait for two hours at a hospital. She initially went there because of a stomach ache. But because her COVID-19 test result expired, she was forced to stay at the hospital entrance before she started bleeding.

Some online users speculated that the video on May 5 could have been filmed in Beijing. Cases in the capital have been relatively insignificant, and no lockdown has been imposed yet. But it has already prepared makeshift hospitals.

Others believed the woman was in Jiangyin City, Jiangsu Province, because of the non-Beijing accent voice in the video. However, as ChinaNews reported on May 6, a person who spread the footage captioning that the birth took place in the city has been penalized by the police for distributing rumors.

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