- Title: Wuhan residents describe the first thing they want to do as lockdown ends
- Date: 10th April 2020
- Summary: WUHAN, HUBEI PROVINCE, CHINA (APRIL 10, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF TRAIN ARRIVING AT METRO STATION WUHAN RESIDENT, JIANG SI AND HER FAMILY OUT ON THE STREET FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE LOCKDOWN (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) WUHAN RESIDENT, JIANG SI, SAYING: "My name is Jiang Si, and today is our first day outside since the reopening of the city. We want to buy some food to take back home for hotpot because it's been such a long time since we've had hotpot. And we want to walk with our child around the East Lake. He learned how to walk at home during the lockdown, so we want to show him the beautiful scenery at the East Lake." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING AT SHOPPING STREET 49-YEAR-OLD WUHAN RESIDENT, LU JINMIN, STANDING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 49-YEAR-OLD WUHAN RESIDENT, LU JINMIN, SAYING: "My name is Lu Jinmin, and this year I'm 49 years old. Since after the outbreak happened, I haven't gone outside during these 78 days. Now that the situation has become better so sometimes I come out to do exercise. The first thing I want to do after the epidemic ends is to go back to work and earn money. Also I'm missing Wuhan specialties such as beef noodles and hot dry noodles. My favourite is beef noodles, especially the one that isn't too spicy -- medium spiciness. The beef in it is chewy and very flavourful. It's delicious." EMPTY SHOPPING STREET SIGN OVER SHOP READING (English): "HELLO! WELCOME! LET'S GO!" 22-YEAR-OLD JIAO JIAO STANDING WITH HER FRIENDS (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 22-YEAR-OLD WUHAN RESIDENT, JIAO JIAO, SAYING: "My name is Jiao Jiao, and this year I'm 22 years old. Now I'm now out shopping with friends. The thing I want to do most after the reopening is to go shopping and eat out. I especially want to come out and play, since I was very depressed during the two months of lockdown. That's why I want to come out and hang around. The community restrictions were a little tight, so I had to stay at home. That's why I really want to go out, and I feel very moved right now." LIGHTS/PEOPLE WALKING ON STREET MAN SMOKING 22-YEAR-OLD WUHAN RESIDENT CAI KEYING, STANDING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 22-YEAR-OLD WUHAN RESIDENT, CAI KEYING, SAYING: "My name is Cai Keying, and this year I'm 22 years old. When the day we can take off our mask comes, the things I want to do the most are to eat hotpot with my friends and drink bubble tea. After we can go back to work, the things I want to do is to bring the medical staff (who came here) back to Wuhan to eat noodles, go sightseeing, see the cherry blossoms and to the most beautiful side of Wuhan. Because without you (medical staff), there would be no Wuhan now." PEOPLE RIDING BIKES 45-YEAR-OLD WUHAN RESIDENT, XIONG YAO, STANDING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 45-YEAR-OLD WUHAN RESIDENT, XIONG YAO, SAYING: "I'm 45 years old this year and my name is Xiong Yao. When the city reopens, I hope I can go to the park and hang out on the street with my family without any concerns, and eat some good food. The reason why we can't go out now is because the community (I live in) is still under lockdown. Things are still very strict for people going outside. They haven't completely stopped the spread of this virus. Every single resident still has some worries about going outside." PEOPLE WALKING ON STREET WUHAN RESIDENT, CHEN YINGYING STANDING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) WUHAN RESIDENT, CHEN YINGYING, SAYING: "My name is Chen Yingying, and today is the second day we can go out after 76 days of lockdown in Wuhan. I'm going out today to submit the application for our company to reopen business. The first thing I want to do after submitting is to pay my staff and myself. We haven't had any income in the past two months." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING ON STREET
- Keywords: COVID-19 China Hubei Province Wuhan coronavirus lockdown opening up
- Reuters ID: LVA001C8WPHDZ
- Location: WUHAN, HUBEI PROVINCE, CHINA
- City: WUHAN, HUBEI PROVINCE, CHINA
- Country: China
- Duration: 00:05:28
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: Eating hotpot, shopping, and going back to work were what Wuhan residents described as some of the first things they want to do as the city's 76-day lockdown gradually ends.
Wuhan, a megacity of 11 million people and capital of central Hubei province, was where the novel coronavirus was believed to have originated and spread globally. Authorities on Wednesday (April 8) began to lift restrictions on outbound movement and some businesses after a virtual lockdown of over two months as the city's number of cases of new infections dwindled.
On Friday (April 10), mask-wearing pedestrians could be seen venturing out into a central shopping district.
"The first thing I want to do after the epidemic ends is to go back to work and earn money. Also I'm missing Wuhan specialties such as beef noodles and hot dry noodles," said 49-year-old Lu Jinmin.
Over 3,000 people in China have died from the virus that causes a flu-like respiratory symptoms. Wuhan accounts for more than 75 percent of China's fatalities.
(Production: Thomas Suen, Joseph Campbell)
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