How Wuhan residents are living with the coronavirus lockdown


Wuhan has been completely locked down, with residents cooped up in their homes and the streets abandoned.

Coronavirus death toll rises to 259 in the country as of 31 January.

Researchers in Hong Kong estimate there could be 75,815 people in Wuhan infected with coronavirus as of January 25, according to a paper published Friday in The Lancet.

‘Every day it got worse’,evacuee describes Wuhan lockdown.

Shortages of food and basic supplies (Observer)

Daily life isn’t easy for people trapped in Wuhan. Chapalain posted videos of the rush to stock up on food when the town was put under quarantine, and the now-empty streets. Most supermarkets in Wuhan are closed. The few that remain open often have empty shelves.

The quarantine, traffic bans, and fears around the deadly virus have made Wuhan a ghost city. Residents only go out occasionally to stock up on supplies at nearby supermarkets and pharmacies.

Videos show people coming up with all kinds of activities to kill time: playing ping pong on the dining table, playing badminton with a rope tied between the television and a closet, as well as people pretending to fish in fish tanks. “After the outbreak has ended, they’ll all become sports champions,” said one of the comments on Weibo.

Charles, who arrived just two days before the restrictions were put in place, said Wuhan now represented “a ghost city”.

Wuhan doctors beaten up, overworked, under supplied (SCMP)

Doctors and nurses in Wuhan are risking their lives in more ways than one.

One doctor at a Wuhan hospital said he had not been home for two weeks and even during a recent midnight shift he had 150 patients lined up at the outpatient clinic.

“All patients are anxious. Some became desperate after waiting for hours in the cold,” he said.

“I heard one in the queue say he had waited for so long that he wanted to stab us. I am worried. Killing a few of us will not reduce the queue, right?”

A resident describes life in the city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak (The Guardian)

Monday 27 January It’s another rainy day. I visit a hotel manager who is offering free accommodation for health workers who have no way of travelling. Many hotels have begun to do the same thing. Some people are responsible for transferring health workers, and some people buy supplies for the hospital at their own expense.

The streets are still deserted. No one dares to go out for dinner. The supermarket has already closed before 7.30pm. I see more ambulances today than usual. At night I see videos online of people in several buildings chanting “keep going Wuhan” at each other. I guess the city is somewhat suffocating.

Tuesday 28 January It is the sixth day of closing the city. I do not go out today, because it has been exhausting.

Wednesday 29 January The government has allocated car services, posted information notices and arranged for employees to disinfect the corridors of residential buildings. It hits me that cleaners in this city still work every day. They have no rest and are disinfecting and cleaning the streets.

In the past, when there were major festivals in Wuhan, buildings would display light shows to celebrate. Tonight, along the bank of Yangtze River, buildings are lit up with the words “Keep up Wuhan”.

I think everyone’s emotions are staying stable. As the weather is better, we can gradually see a small number of people exercise outdoors. The work of volunteers has cheered people. Of course, not everyone is coping well. People whose family members or friends are infected are suffering.

How people are still getting food (BBC)

Chinese blogging site Weibo is abuzz with people complaining about problems getting food.

Even getting food delivered comes with risks.

Meituan, which is backed by Chinese internet giant Tencent, has adapted its food delivery app so riders and customers don’t have to meet face-to-face.

The app has been updated to allow users to add a note to the delivery rider asking them to leave the food on their doorstep or at a building’s reception area. Customers can also call or text the rider directly within the app to discuss a location to drop off the food.

Meituan is also handing out 1,000 free meals every day to medical staff in Wuhan and delivering them fresh ingredients to cook with.

Meituan’s business-to-business arm Kuailv Jinhuo, which normally delivers fresh food to restaurants, is now delivering produce to hospital staff.

The Great Firewall of China has always been annoying, but it’s not usually this deadly.(CNN)

Speaking to state broadcaster CCTV this week, Zhou said that Wuhan officials “understand that the public is unsatisfied with our information disclosure.”

Even some Party officials seem to realize this. In a commentary published by the country’s Supreme Court this week, a senior judge condemned police in Wuhan for arresting “rumormongers” who, it has since emerged, were merely medical workers trying to warn people of the potential dangers of the new virus.

In a statement published by state media, the country’s biggest messaging app WeChat promised to “resolutely and continuously crack down on rumor-like information.”

Edited by staff


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