Chinese man sentenced to death for killing 2 people at coronavirus checkpoint

A Chinese man was sentenced to death after he stabbed two people at a coronavirus checkpoint in a southwestern province, state media reported.

Ma Jianguo was ordered to death row Sunday following the double murder at a roadblock in Honghe County in the Yunnan province, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

The incident occurred Feb. 6 when one of Ma’s passengers tried to move a roadblock to allow the vehicle to pass through the checkpoint.

Ma then fatally slashed a member of the checkpoint team who whipped out a cellphone to film the incident, the report said. He also stabbed to death another person who rushed to the victim’s aid.

China has set up various checkpoints to evaluate travelers for symptoms of the deadly virus as more than 78,000 cases have sprung up in the country, mostly in the Hubei province, where the epidemic emerged in December.

With Post wires

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