Phillip And Holly Go Live To Wuhan | This MorningMay 04, 2020
It's a difficult time right now for all of us in the UK, but we can bring you good news from Wuhan in China, where the virus started well after 76 days of lockdown, residents are now able to leave their homes and move around the city. ITV News correspondent Debbie Edward joins us now from Wuhan and hello hello Debbie anything to join us. Can you tell us what has started to happen today? Well, people for the first time in the 1970s and 1960s have been allowed to leave Wuhan. the train station behind me is open the airport is open and the city border is open and from midnight people will cross the border in their cars and I am leaving the train station obviously anxious to get home many of they have been displaced since the lockdown began on January 23, but unfortunately not everyone can move freely in Wuhan, there are still several communities where there have been new cases in recent days and people who are stuck.
They'll be restricted to just two hours a day and allowed out of their house so it's not an opening of the floodgates here but it's certainly a positive move here today and Debbie obviously you're still wearing a mask there and the people behind you are walking around with masks and continuing to protect themselves is the concern that actually
thisvirus could come back or that there is still a potential case of being reinfected with the virus both really yes there is nervousness here about the possibility of a second wave and a potential for more infections as people move again and there are virus cases of course there is still a presence here in the city but the teacher is required to be warned the
wuhangovernment issued a reminder today that for those who go out they must wear a mask in public and it's really a sign of respect for others and also a sense of calm that it brings here in Wuhan and actually we've been wearing them on the Beijing streets.
They don't look like they're social distancing behind you they're not really yeah and we just had a test to go back to Beijing and we were in a hospital and they weren't social distancing and that was making us pretty nervous and I think maybe maybe using the mast and checking temperatures and checking his health all the time is maybe making people feel more at ease about it and it's not something that really caught on here other than in the stores where there are those markers that we now see in the UK trying to keep people at least a meter or two apart and Tibby what about these exotic wildlife markets where we know
thisoriginated in the first place and we've been listening reports that they've actually reopened, no that's not correct, these world markers, the government moved I guess pretty quickly to shut them down, but only temporarily, they have a law in place which is not permanent. but I think the government will feel pressure now to make it a permanent move.
We graze today at the wildlife market where this epidemic apparently began and it is certainly closed and will remain so at least for the foreseeable future, if not forever. I've spent a lot of time there, you know the culture, you know the traditions, it's very difficult to turn the tide of a whole country when it comes to Chinese medicine, when it comes to those long-standing traditions, but I think the world will is going. for starters you know you have to change because look what that did to us do you think the population would be open to the permanent closure of those exotic markets i think so i think people have seen how the world has reacted to that and there has been some anger about that, yes, but I think people here really want to move beyond the epidemic and certainly people in Wuhan today are leaving their homes and there's still a lot of anger about what was allowed to happen here because of the lockdown that didn't come fast enough because of the advice they were given for not being fast enough and losing friends and family and infecting themselves as a result so I think part of that will put pressure on the government to act and maybe ban these markets and always good thanks for joining us we can also go
livenow to Connor Reed who
lives in Wuhan and was the first British person to contract Co bid 19 late last year so Connor gr Thanks for joining us.
He's been in lockdown since the January murder. He was only allowed out of the apartment to go shopping. He's experienced his first outing. Imagine those rather tentative steps, isn't it? but we're also very happy to be leaving because he's spent a lot of time inside and just going for a walk without having a real destination has definitely been refreshing, where you were reportedly the first Brit to form a Cove contract at 19 a schoolteacher got fired for speaking up and then obviously the wheels fell off the world and we all found out you know we were all coping for you obviously very early in lockdown being away from everyone being apart how did you condition? i managed to keep my head saying well that's what happens when you come to a country like this you expect to be alone you are the foreigner in the country and that part hasn't been very difficult for me however being without my family and those things have been a challenge and how you filter time well I have done everything you can think of I have played Monopoly I have made drawings I am learning Russian and one day I held my arm up as much as possible just because it was something to do during the day it is yes it's quite a challenge to stay stimulated for 70 days and you're also worried about being there now that everyone is venturing out for the first time you're worried that it might come back t people might get it again you're worried that no I'm not, everyone those outside have a special QR code and that means they are healthy if they didn't have the QR code they would not be allowed to go out and then we know everyone in the city is healthy and the only reported cases of foreigners coming to the city everyone in the city is natively healthy now they have eradicated the virus we have seen photos and we are shocked and disappointed by the number of people who actually broke the lockdown here and made trips that were unnecessary whether or not they are from Agree with that, sunbathing in parks and beaches and that kind of thing, do you think that compliance with the Chinese population has helped to slow down the spread absolutely.
The Chinese people love their government. If the government asked them to jump, they would ask how high, and when something like that happens, they come together as a people and face it together. ether and people really don't want to be the outsider that comes out when everyone else doesn't so i think in a society like this it's more effective and could be managed much better than the uk connor um you're out now you've been 76 days in isolation you are leaving now many people here will eventually feel the same kind of moment when you venture out and as you say walk somewhere without really having a destination in mind, do you think it will be strange to reintegrate into normal life? yeah so the social site i live alone so my social skills are probably at an all time low and i haven't really been talking to anyone at all i do think something like this is going to affect a society for a period of time It's not going to be any longer in case of snapping my fingers the quarantine is over getting back to normal it's going to take it's going to be a learning process um right now companies and families are picking up the pieces and trying to get me back now so even though the quarantine It's over, the virus is gone, this is now the stage of recovery where people are coming back together, okay Connie stay safe, thank you so much for joining us this
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