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- Today, we're gonna take a look

at what life is like inside of Wuhan, China.

The World Health Organization has declared

a global health emergency because of the coronavirus,

is on lock down because it is the epicenter of the breakout.

About 11 million people live in the city,

which is about the same as New York City

and Paris combined.

Public transportation has been closed,

almost all flights are suspended,

and makeshift hospitals have literally popped up

almost overnight to facilitate

all the people that are sick.

Also, a lot of roads in and out of the city are blocked.

So, first off, the government has banned

non-essential vehicles from Wuhan's downtown area,

and this clip shows no other cars

going in the same direction of this driver.

For the most popular city in central China,

that's pretty significant,

especially for during the day.

These public areas are completely desolate.

- [Woman] This is actually the first time

I've ever seen all these bikes in one place.

So, if you want to see a real sign

that people are not leaving their house,

it's the fact that these bikes are actually arranged

where they're supposed to be for general use.

Yeah, people are staying inside.

- But, most people still need to go outside

to get their food.

So, even though, obviously, there's a lot less

people outside, there's still people

at the supermarkets.

- As you can see, actually it's plenty of people.

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Of course, it's not like regular day.

Usually the Walmart is really overcrowded,

but quite a lot.

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I see plenty of people.

- One thing you will notice in all these clips

is everybody is wearing a face mask.

Supermarkets still have food,

but how the supermarkets are getting the food

may not be the same.

There's reports that a lot of the drivers

and the companies that supply the food

inside the city don't want to travel

from outside to deliver it.

So, what we're hearing is the Chinese government

is helping to facilitate bringing goods

to the supermarkets.

Which also make sense, because like I said before,

a lot of the roads going in and out

of the city are closed.

So, once people are going to the supermarkets,

many of them are buying more food

than they usually get, so that way

they can stock up and expose themselves less.

- [Jovis] Now, this is our stock remaining.

We have lotus, we have this thing,

we have cabbage, we have carrot,

we have daikon, more lotus root,

and eggs, and plenty of stuff.


- This is a really common sight around the city,

and actually a lot of places around

the world right now.

What you're seeing is people getting

their body temperatures checked,

and that's to make sure that people

are not entering public areas exhibiting

signs of sickness.

There's also no running public transportation in the city.

- [Woman] This is the bus station.

No one at the kiosk.

Let's see.

It doesn't look like buses are running.

- And also, a lot of people who are showing signs

of being sick are being sent to these

makeshift emergency hospitals.

Three of these have been built,

pretty much, overnight to facilitate

the people who are showing signs of being sick.

But many are doing their best

to stay positive and keep their morale high.

Medical staff at one of these pop-up hospitals

has even encouraged patients only exhibiting

mild signs of the coronavirus to exercise and to dance.

And a lot of people are actually vlogging

their experiences in the city.

- We honestly feel like being here in Wuhan,

in our home, is a lot safer than anywhere else

in China right now, and we are kind of glad about this.

- Yeah, I think that "we're trapped"

is a little bit extreme.

Like, the government took necessary precautions

to try to contain it as soon as they were able to.


- [Both] Yeah.

- I was here since before the lockdown,

and I initially came here to hang out

with my girlfriend who is a Wuhan local

for New Year's.

And then, of course, New Year's went on

and, during the middle of that,

got caught in the lockdown.

So now, I am unable to leave

and have to figure out the day to day.

I've been going through social,

looking at the crazy stuff that people are seeing,

and then there's what I have to go through,

which is very different.

It's quite, it's mundane, it's boring.

But it's like, I would say it's like

you know that you're in a situation

that is unusual and this is not normal

by any means.

Before, it was still pretty easy to go out

and get groceries.

It was pretty well-stocked.

But that situation changed pretty recently,

'cause we found out that in this unit,

we were informed by, like, the community

that manages these apartments

that there's a person who's caught

the coronavirus inside this building.

And because of that, pretty much,

they're gonna enforce a more strick quarantine

with everyone inside this building

just to make sure that there's no cross conversion,

so we probably won't be able to go out anymore.

And then, as for groceries,

there's a messaging group and you just basically say,

they give you a list of what's available

like groceries wise, meat and vegetables,

what you want?

And then, you would just say, "I want this,

this and that," and they get it for you

and they bring it to you.

- [Man] And who is they, the government?

- I can suppose so?

I'm not really sure about how any of this works.

But we get messaging from the people who,

like, manage this community and I'm sure

that they're probably getting assistance

from the government.

There's also people volunteering to help out

in this whole effort, and they're still saying

that they need more supplies related

to medical stuff, like mask and everything else.

It's like, when something bad happens,

our generation can't help but kinda try

to find some humor in it, you know?

Our coping mechanism is to try

as hard as we can to laugh.

So, people have just been making memes,

trying to find different ways

to just, like, kill boredom

while they're stuck inside.

But the only thing that you're worried about

is when is it going to end?

When are we gonna go back to normal life?

'Cause people have jobs to worry about,

they have families, friends, relatives.

- What are you doing to kill time?

- Getting creative with cooking.


It has been a long time since I've had a good taco.

- Do you have any worries about the food

that you're receiving?

- I've been practicing as much food sanitation

as possible.

So, like, wash everything thoroughly,

you know, heat it up to ridiculous high temperatures

to make sure you kill anything

that would possibly be touching.

You know, cook your food thoroughly,

stuff like that.

- Anyways, we're hoping that this footage

helps give you an idea of life is like

inside the city in central China right now

while it's under quarantine.


Also, when people are going to the supermarkets,

they're buying...

Do you have this room?

- [Man] I do.

- You do? My bad.

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