After Shanghai University in China announced online swimming tests in the COVID-19 outbreak, netizens went to a meme fest in which a student made swimming goggles and a hat by jumping from his nightstand to bed.
The dean’s office of the Chinese university announced on May 15 that the final swimming test for senior undergraduate college students could be conducted online, which was ridiculed by netizens, including tick users, pretending to be students preparing for the test. The Washington-based Washington Examiner reported the information.
One user joked and asked if the test was a new reality version of “web surfing”.
Joining the smiling meme fest, another jokingly asked if swimming in the home bathtub would be allowed instead.
In addition, one of the Twitter users was seen working on a laptop in the swimming pool while wearing swimming goggles.
Students who have completed their undergraduate degree at the most prestigious Chinese university will have to take a 50-meter swimming test in order to graduate. This latest move from China has raised eyebrows with many cracking tricks and wondering whether it is a swimming or sink test.
A staffer at the dean’s office, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the decision to move the test online was due to a wave of COVID-19 cases that forced the city to lockdown on April 1.
“Under the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, classes and facilities at the university, including the swimming pool, have been suspended. To ensure that students can graduate, we have decided to test swimming online,” the activist told Chinese publication Jim.
Significantly, China’s zero-covid policy has drawn sharp criticism from around the world. Residents of Shanghai are protesting from their windows, beating pots and pans and shouting in frustration, while others have even clashed with police and health workers on the streets – a rare sight in a country where dissent is regularly suppressed.
The leaked social media videos also reveal the harsh reality of China’s infamous zero-covid policy. In fact, the two viral videos have raised eyebrows and raised a storm of criticism around the world.
One of the videos that went viral was from Shanghai where people were seen screaming from the porch of their house. The country’s financial capital, Shanghai, receives more than 20,000 lawsuits a day.
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