Coronavirus Wuhan Diary: Living alone in a City gone quiet


    Wuhan has been under lockdown since 23 January, to try to contain the infection. Transport is shut down, most shops and businesses closed, and people are being advised to stay at home.

    Jing is a 29-year-old social worker and rights activist who lives on her own. For the past week, she has kept a diary, which she shares here with the BBC.

    I didn’t know what to do when I woke up and learned about the lockdown. I don’t know what it means, how long it will last and what kind of preparations I should make.

    There are a lot of infuriating comments [on social media]: that many patients cannot be hospitalised after diagnosis [because of a lack of places], that patients with fever are not properly treated.

    Many more people are wearing masks. Friends have told me to stock up on supplies. Rice and noodles have almost sold out.

    Media captionFears over coronavirus in China trigger face mask shortage

    A man was buying lots of salt, and someone asked him why he was buying so much. He replied: “What if the lockdown lasted for a whole year?”

    I went to a pharmacy and it was already limiting the number of shoppers. It had already sold out of masks and alcohol disinfectant.

    After stocking up on food, I am still in shock. Cars and pedestrians are dwindling, and the city has come to a stop all out of a sudden.

    When will the city live again?

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