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‘I have never been in this fearful situation’: The confession of foreigners trapped in Wuhan after being blockaded by corona virus

On the morning of January 25, the latest figures show that the number of deaths due to coronavirus 2019-nCov causing acute pneumonia has reached 41 people. At present, up to 13 cities in Hubei Province have been frozen, shut down the entire public transport system, millions of people are required not to leave their residence except in an emergency. .

As for Wuhan City, where the epidemic originated, 11 million people are currently in a state of “internal irregularities and foreign invasions”. The streets on the occasion of the Lunar New Year become quiet, the goods are deserted, no longer a daily shadow of a city that is considered the economic center of Hubei Province. And in particular, among those stuck in Wuhan there are also foreigners.

 I have never been in this fearful situation The confession of foreigners trapped in Wuhan after being blockaded by corona virus | Internet

“I can’t leave Wuhan,” said a foreigner in the city

Chongthan Pepe Bifhowjit – India, a student at Wuhan University of Technology

“Last week, the situation was still quite stable, but now it is completely different, and it makes me really scared. I have never faced such a situation in my life.”

“But the school and the government are very good. They care about us. My school is currently checking students’ body temperature every day, giving us masks and masks for free. We also have a hospital. and an ambulance. ”

 I have never been in this fearful situation The confession of foreigners trapped in Wuhan after being blockaded by corona virus | Internet

The situation is getting more serious

“We are advised to wash your hands every hour, to avoid eating out, and always wearing a mask when leaving the room.”

“We can only linger in the dorm room, and only visit our friends next door.”

Anonymous female student living in Wuhan for 6 years

“I stayed in the dorm, but a lot of people went home so it’s quite quiet here, not many people around.”

“This was normal in previous years, but knowing that even on the streets is as empty as the sheets are. It’s obvious, the situation is becoming more serious.”

“Actually, the blockade order made me feel safer, but I didn’t know when things would get back to what they were.”

 I have never been in this fearful situation The confession of foreigners trapped in Wuhan after being blockaded by corona virus | Internet

“Sometimes the information gets chaotic, because people post anything they read on the group chat that can’t verify the true or false. For example, after the blockade order, it is believed that the government is spraying disinfection. citywide, but nothing like that actually happened. “

“We just have to wait for the government to speak up.”

“Like in December, there was a flow of information in the classroom that said the SARS epidemic was coming back, and then we realized it was something completely different. The information spread out beyond the city.”

“At first everyone thought the government was trying to control the information. But actually they were acting very fast.”

Jan Robert R Go (Philippines), has lived in Wuhan since studying for a PhD at Huazhong Normal University

“We recommend students not to leave the room unless necessary, and to take many precautions at the same time: keep clean and clean, wear a mask when going out …”

“Because I live in a dormitory, the school provides free face masks and soap and other essentials. They help us feel safer.”

Doctor at the hospital in Wuhan

“Corona virus is currently spreading at an alarming rate. The hospital is now overloaded with thousands of patients waiting to be examined. You cannot imagine their panic.”

“On a regular basis, Wuhan is a great place to live and work. We are proud of what we are doing, developing a method to identify, diagnose and treat coronaviruses.”

“But now I’m very scared, because this is a new strain of virus and the numbers are worrying.”

Daniel Pekarek – International student of Software Engineering at Wuhan University

“I don’t know what I should do either, because I’m alone in Wuhan now. Some of my friends are here too, but we decided we should all just stay in the room.”

“I heard about the epidemic in December, but at the time no one cared. Now everything is out of control.”

“People can’t go to Wuhan, nor can they leave as easily as before. I can get out of my room, I can walk around the city, but public transport is all over.”

 I have never been in this fearful situation The confession of foreigners trapped in Wuhan after being blockaded by corona virus | Internet

Police blocked the station in Wuhan

“I may not even be able to buy drinking water, because it’s quite complicated. I have to take the card to go to the place where payment is accepted, but everyone has left. It’s New Year! Chinese!” I am not good enough to communicate with, and no one is helping because my girlfriend is back home. “

“I was going to confine myself in my room. I’m afraid to go to the gym, I’m afraid to go out.”

Other international students in Wuhan are trapped in the city

“All flights to and from Wuhan have been canceled.”

“The feeling is really deserted. Taxis don’t have either. Most of the people who appear in the supermarket are foreigners, buying food and essentials for the days to come.”

“Indigenous people will know better information because they use Weibo – Chinese social networking. Foreigners do not.”

 I have never been in this fearful situation The confession of foreigners trapped in Wuhan after being blockaded by corona virus | Internet

Nobody goes out in the evening anymore

“Before returning to the dormitory or the hotel, someone will put a device on the middle of our forehead to record the temperature. All foreigners are currently in the room, not out after 17:00.”

“At the airport and at the train station, police cars blocked the entrance. They said unless there was something urgent, the relocation was not allowed, and we gave us an emergency number in case of emergency. see themselves with symptoms. Just call, they will come to help. “

Reference: BBC

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