Wuhan grapples with life under quarantine

Published January 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Marjaleen Ramos

Residents in Wuhan, China are chanting encouragement from their apartment windows to lift each other’s spirit amid the coronavirus quarantine.

Wuhan, the epicenter of the 2019-novel coronavirus outbreak, has been under lockdown since January 23 to curb the spread of the virus.

Videos circulating on social media showed residents of apartment compounds in the city shouting “Wuhan jiayou”, which means “Stay strong Wuhan” or “Keep on going Wuhan”, out of their windows. Some residents were also seen singing patriotic songs as a small way to cheer each other up in the quarantine city.

Urban transport in Wuhan has been suspended and private cars have been banned from the roads.

Outgoing flights were also cancelled and residents were ordered to avoid non-essential overseas travel.

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in the country had risen to 132 as of end-Tuesday, with another 1,459 new cases confirmed.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in China stands at 5,974, exceeding nation’s SARS total.

Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Germany, Thailand, Australia, Singapore, United States, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, France, Vietnam, Canada, Ivory Coast and Nepal.