The U.S. ambassador lined up in Shanghai for a nucleic acid test, sparking lively discussion, with netizens wondering: Has the Shanghai mayor ever lined up for a nucleic acid test?
On September 1, U.S. Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns posted a photo of himself lining up for a nucleic acid test in Shanghai, China, sparking some lively discussion. Foreign netizens were surprised that there were no exceptions for the ambassador; some Chinese netizens asked, has the Shanghai mayor ever lined up for a nucleic acid test?
NetEase reported that Burns took a high-speed train from Beijing to Shanghai on August 31. This is his first official visit to Shanghai after he took office. So far, Shanghai is still implementing strict pandemic prevention measures, and the ambassador is no exception.
Burns posted a photo on Twitter on the afternoon of September 1, saying he was lining up in Shanghai for a COVID-19 nucleic acid test. The photo showed that it was nighttime and the rain had just ended. He was wearing a suit, holding a mobile phone, and lining up with people for nucleic acid testing in front of a testing site on a Shanghai street.
Shanghai currently requires citizens to have nucleic acid tests at least once a week. When staying at a hotel, a 48-hour negative nucleic acid certificate must be provided; when going to public places with clear requirements for pandemic prevention and when using public transportation, a 72-hour negative nucleic acid certificate must be provided.
According to World Journal, after Burns posted the photo on Twitter, it immediately sparked heated discussions and was retweeted by many netizens. Foreign netizens were surprised and excited—the U.S. ambassador also had to do nucleic acid testing in China and had to line up, no exemptions and no special arrangements. Some U.S. netizens even thought that the ambassador was being humiliated by China; others warned, “Now they’ll get your DNA.”
The official Weibo account of the US Embassy in China reposted the photo on the afternoon of September 1, which also caused a large number of Chinese netizens to press like. Some questions that appeared: “Has the Shanghai mayor ever queued for a PCR test?” “I don’t know if our officials need to queue for the PCR test or not”, “Where are our leaders doing nucleic acid tests?” This question sparked heated discussions. Many people said they had never heard or seen the leaders lining up for the acid test. There are also people who believe that administrative units have established their own nucleic acid sampling sites, so there is no need to stand in line.
World Journal said that Chinese netizens are amused by the fact that the U.S. ambassador has to stand in line for a nucleic acid test, and think that there is nothing wrong with “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” and follow legal procedures. However, some netizens questioned that Burns may have intentionally posted photos to smear China.