n Australian woman has been fired from her job and is being kicked out of China after going for a jog.
The woman, identified by her surname Liang, was an executive for German pharmaceutical giant Bayer in Beijing. She returned to China on March 14 and was ordered to go into home quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Just one day later, a neighbor at her Chaoyang residential community filmed her breaking her mandatory 14-day quarantine to go out for a run.
Dressed in running clothes, Liang was then confronted by a neighborhood security guard who told her that she should not be out of her home.
Liang insisted that she had to stay healthy. When the guard said that she should at least wear a mask, she refused.
Eventually, the confrontation devolved into Liang playing the victim, yelling out “help” and “I’m being molested” while not being touched.
It was reportedly only when police arrived that Liang calmed down and agreed to go back into her apartment.
After video of the incident went viral on Chinese social media, Bayer released a statement on Weibo declaring that Liang had been dismissed from her post.
The company added that it fully supports the Chinese government’s efforts to contain the coronavirus and asked that all employees comply with relevant regulations and restrictions.
Things got even worse for Liang on Thursday when Beijing’s Public Security Bureau announced that it had decided to cancel her residence permit and has asked her to leave the country by a certain date.
Officials did not say when that date will be. Neighborhood security guards have told reporters that they haven’t seen Liang out of her apartment since the incident.
Perhaps because of this whole kerfuffle, Beijing has altered its quarantine regulations for those arriving in the city from abroad.
Now, nearly all inbound international travelers have to be quarantined for two weeks at centralized quarantine venues. Previously, those individuals living alone could isolate themselves at home.