Video shows children wearing hazmat suits in northern China, not 'Shanghai during lockdown'
A video of a group of children wearing hazmat suits has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times in social media posts that claim it shows them attending school in Shanghai during the city's Covid-19 lockdown. However, the video was actually filmed in China's northern Hebei province. Schools in Shanghai -- China's largest city -- reverted to online learning in mid-March and in-person classes were not scheduled to resume until June.
"This is how children go to school during the lockdown in Shanghai," reads a tweet posted here on April 30, 2022.
Traditional Chinese-language characters visible in the background of the clip translate to English as "Study hard and make progress every day".
The clip has been viewed more than 123,000 times.
The video circulated online after Shanghai was almost entirely locked down in April when it became the epicentre of the country's worst coronavirus outbreak since the early days of the pandemic.
However, the video was actually filmed in China's northern Hebei province.
Schools in Shanghai reverted to online learning on March 12, weeks before the city's lockdown officially began.
Primary school footage
A keyword search on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, found this video uploaded on April 5.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the video shared in the misleading posts (left) and the Douyin video (right):
According to a government statement published here by the Yanzhao Metropolis Daily, a government-controlled newspaper in Hebei, Jize county was under full lockdown in April following a Covid-19 outbreak.
The local education bureau published an article here on April 18 about officials visiting Jize pupils and teachers who were in quarantine centres.