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?Of Course We're Panicking:? Here's What It?s Like Inside Wuhan?s Coronavirus Quarantine Zone


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the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission
Hubei Polytechnic University
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Hubei province

the Lunar New Year

Positivity     43.00%   
   Negativity   57.00%
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And a lot of people couldn’t get admitted to hospitals.”As the coronavirus death toll climbs toward 500 and global infections surpass 24,500, the Chinese government has begun to admit some “shortcomings” in its initial response to the outbreak. But people inside the quarantine zone who spoke to VICE News and leaked details in online accounts reveal an atmosphere of fear and anger at the government’s delayed response and censoring of critical voices.“Of course we’re panicking,” said a female activist living in Hubei. But everybody is scared.”The activist declined to be named after she said national security officers told her not to conduct any media interviews.The coronavirus outbreak was first reported in early December in Wuhan, but the government didn’t officially announce the crisis until Jan. 19, despite doctors raising concerns about a possible epidemic in late December.At that point, three people were already dead, and the virus had spread outside of Wuhan.But as government officials in Beijing finally revealed the scale of the outbreak publicly, authorities hosted a banquet to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Wuhan, where 10,000 families shared dishes like spicy duck necks and braised prawns. They don’t have enough people, medical supplies, or masks,” the activist said.The government’s decision to ban all buses and trains from operating in the city may be intended to limit the spread of the virus, but for those without their own transport, daily life has become very difficult.“We have to walk because all public transportation has been shut down, and I don’t have a car,” Wang said. The state-controlled media has been pumping out time-lapse videos accompanied with stirring music that show just how quickly the first of two 1,000-bed hospitals in Wuhan were built.At the same time, the government has looked to silence negative voices on social media that would criticize the government’s actions.“I did try to get my story out,” Wang said.

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