Several officers of the Chinese SWAT team halt a car, the driver wearing a face-mask is asked to step out, upon his refusal to cooperate the cops forcibly catch him using a net and take him away. A video depicting this sequence of events is widely circulating on social media with the claim that it shows the treatment of coronavirus victims in China.

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At several points in the video, officers can be seen holding a board which reads “exercises”.

A Youtube search ‘china swat exercise coronavirus’ led us to several international media reports describing the video. According to a February 25 report by NBC News, “Police in China’s Henan province posted a video on social media showing a simulation of how they will deal with drivers who ignore virus checkpoints.”

“It [the video] shows a simulation of how a SWAT team controls a driver – with an abnormal temperature – who refuses to stop at a checkpoint,” says the NBC report. Several other media outlets also reported the mock drill.

A video of a mock drill where Chinese SWAT team tackles an uncooperative coronavirus victim has been shared on social media as real.

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Pooja Chaudhuri is a senior editor at Alt News.