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16th Aug 2022

TikTokers are utterly convinced there is a secret zombie apocalypse going on in China right now

Charlie Herbert

The hashtag ‘Zombies in China’ has taken off on the platform

A bizarre trend has developed on TikTok where people are suggesting a zombie apocalypse has begun in China.

One video in particular seems to have helped the trend catch fire as it purports to show a person on a table in a morgue getting up and walking away.

In the clip, two bodies can be seen lying on tables, when suddenly an arm emerges from one of the sheets.

The figure then slowly sits up and, after struggling to gain their composure, walks away. The video claims to be showing ‘zombie waking up in China.”

@fredosj17 Zombie wakes up in china full vid ???‍♂️ #china #zombie #apocalypse #zombieapocalypse #dead #sad #scary ♬ original sound – FredoSJ

Several offered an explanation for the video, with one person commenting: “Probably a mispronounced death. It happens a scary amount of times.”

Others pointed out that the time stamp on the CCTV footage shows it was from January this year.

But there is a current trend on TikTok of people wondering whether a zombie apocalypse is taking place in China, to the extent that the hashtag “Zombies in China” has received 4.3m views.

Of course, this is not a zombie in this video and there is not an apocalypse in China. It seems that the idea of a zombie apocalypse in China seems to have developed from a misinterpreted article.

The article was published by We Are The Mighty in 2021 and is titled ‘This is how a zombie apocalypse is most likely to start in China.’

The piece suggests that China’s communist government would be more likely to cover up a zombie outbreak, therefore making this a more likely place for one to start instead of places like the UK or the US.

@hashze_cxt we be slaying #zombieapocalypse #zombie #zombiesinchina #survivor #residentevil #slay #flexible #smart #hashze #fyp #fypシ ♬ original sound – Hashze

It also quotes a passage from fictional zombie novel World War Z, that says: “By refusing to admit the truth of the zombie outbreak to the world, the Communist Chinese government aided its spread due to misinformation about what was actually happening.”

It seems that some on TikTok have interpreted this as an eerie premonition.

So to be clear, there is no zombie apocalypse taking place in China, no matter what TikTok might be telling you.

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