China is on a Frenzied Lockdown

And I’m here in Shanghai, witnessing it play out

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Stretched Hospital Infrastructure

Apparently public hospitals are bursting at the seams with a mixture of genuinely sick people, and others who have a cold and think they might have caught the virus.
Many of these people are apparently from Wuhan according to local news outlets.
It’s been reported locally that tens of thousands of people came to Shanghai after their local hospitals turned them away.
The government has now initiated travel bans to try and stop the movement of millions more people looking for health care from larger cities.

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Photo by Frank Vessia on Unsplash

Travel Ban

Right now the cities affected by the travel ban are -

  • Huanggang **Population 7.5 million**
  • Ezhou **Population 1 million**
  • Zhijiang **Population half a million**
  • Chibi **Population half a million**
  • Xiantao **Population 1.2 million**
  • Qianjiang **Population 1.1 million**
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Getting back to work

Who this travel ban will really affect are the millions of people who’ve travelled home for the Chinese New Year celebrations.
While these cities don’t have large amounts of people living there, a lot of people living across China are from there.

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Photo by Philipp Kämmerer on Unsplash

Living among it

Being an Australian in this situation has been a very unusual experience for me. I’m from a small town, and now live in a city with more than 24 million other people.

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I write articles that inform and delight from my anti-virus bunker in Shanghai, China. 🇦🇺 🇨🇳

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