Footage of a staged incident at an official checkpoint in Henan province shows a team of imposing officers, wielding firearms and riot shield, intercepting a suspected COVID-19 case.
The mask-wearing driver is questioned by police as part of the practice exercise, and when he fails to cooperate is stopped and forced from his vehicle before what looks like a common fishing net is thrown over his head.
Unable to counter the dramatic intervention, the hapless victim is surrounded by officials – with some of the police wearing uniforms with the word SWAT written on them in English.
The footage was posted on Weibo – the Chinese equivalent of Twitter – and TikTok by the local security authority.
The vast majority of the more than 79,000 cases worldwide are in mainland China – and most of those are in Hubei, specifically the city of Wuhan.
The death toll in Chine has already risen above 2500.