UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Speakers in Hangzhou, a tourist city in eastern China, loudly recommend residents to “stay indoors!” And a note of the new measures in place to combat the emerging coronavirus and requiring them to report any person from the Hubei hotspot, the epicenter.
175 km southwest of Shanghai, this city is known for its green gardens and majestic lake, and for taking e-commerce website “Ali Baba”. But calm mastered the situation two days ago.
Three major regions are currently imposing restrictions on movement. The reason is that the city recorded 141 cases of pneumonia, knowing that it is a few hundred kilometers from Hubei (center), the epicenter of the epidemic that claimed 490 people in mainland China.
The main procedure is to allow one person from each household to go out every two days to buy fruits, vegetables, rice and meat. This measure affects three million people.
This situation was reflected negatively on the electronic commerce giant, “Ali Baba”, which was founded by Jack Ma – the richest man in China – and his work was completely stopped. Its headquarters is located in one of the procedures covered Hangshu.
Barriers were posted two meters high in front of the headquarters, and banners “No Entry” were raised on Wednesday in the streets near the establishment.
– female voice –
No one has been seen by Agence France-Presse. Outside, guards under an umbrella used to measure the heat of passers-by to check that they had no fever.
In Yuhang, the authorities closed several boulevards guarded by security personnel.
On a nearby street, a message with a female voice invites “Everyone to stay with their homes!” And also the residents to avoid gatherings to reduce the risk of infection.
It also calls for masks, hand-washing and reporting on any returnee from Hubei, where 56 million people have been quarantined since the end of January.
The virus has so far infected more than 24,000 people in mainland China.
In addition to Hangzhou, three other cities in Jixiang Province imposed similar restrictions: Taizhou, Wanzhou, and some parts of Ningbo. The number of those involved in these measures is estimated to be at least 18 million.
In other cities in China, most factories, restaurants and shops remain closed. The national holidays have been extended and the Chinese are staying home without registering panic or panic.
– Ski goggles –
In Hangzhou, the shores of the West Lake, the city’s privileged tourist site, are deserted and taxis rarely roam the streets almost empty of pedestrians.
The positive factor is that the concerned residents can freely exit their housing compounds and at any time order goods through mobile phone applications while receiving them in front of the building.
A resident of the city goes out to sleep in the sleeping dress and put on a protective mask and ski goggles to prevent any infection.
Two South African citizens told France Presse that they had to give their data upon leaving the building, so that the guards could verify the proper application of the restrictions.
“There are no casualties here. All of this is just precautionary measures,” said a young Chinese man of 27.
Outside, the female voice echoed again: “We know that it is difficult to stay with the house. But hold on for a few more days (…) victory is not far away.”
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