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Chinese officials punished for changing health codes of depositors

Bank customers barred from travel to squelch complaints over blocked withdrawals

Localities in China use color-marked health codes to grant people access to public transportation, hotels, and other amenities, using location trackers and other data to assess exposure to COVID-19.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) -- Authorities have punished five officials in China's Zhengzhou city for deliberately turning thousands of citizens' health codes red, the local anti-corruption authority said in a statement published late on Wednesday.

The local government announcement comes after depositors of small rural banks in Henan province, where Zhengzhou is located, publicly alleged that their health codes abruptly changed from green to red when they began to travel to Henan to protest blocked withdrawals.

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