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Creepy Drone Footage Shows Quarantine Has Turned Wuhan Into A Ghost Town

Creepy Drone Footage Shows Quarantine Has Turned Wuhan Into A Ghost Town

The city has a population of 11 million but its streets are empty

Amelia Ward

Amelia Ward

As the new strain of coronavirus continues to take hold of China and the rest of the world, the city of Wuhan is on lockdown and eerie footage shows the true extent of the quarantine.

What is usually a bustling city with a population of 11 million, Wuhan has been identified as the virus' ground zero for the outbreak of the disease, with the city's inhabitants all placed under quarantine. They have been warned to stay indoors to avoid being in contact with the illness - the drone footage above shows the extent of the quarantine.

Since 23 January, the Chinese government has ensured that the city of Wuhan remains under lockdown as part of its attempt to contain the outbreak. Public transport has all been stopped and it's actually the biggest quarantine in human history.

The virus, which is called 2019-nCov at the moment, is likely to have jumped from animals to humans in a seafood market in Wuhan.

The usually bustling city is now desolate.
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Chinese authorities are doing everything in their power to control the disease. One medic was that committed to helping to save people that after working for 10 days straight, he dropped dead.

Medical professional Song Yingjie was based in Hunan in China - he died from a cardiac arrest likely to have been caused by exhaustion.

The 28-year-old pharmacist had been helping to check temperatures at motorway toll booths, as well as distributing medical supplies in the area.

The student reportedly insisted on working every day from at least 4pm to midnight for 10 days straight, according to the deputy director of the medical centre where Song was a pharmacist, Zhou Xiaonian.

Mr Song passed away earlier this week.

It's not known how much overtime he might have done alongside the basic shift.

But after finishing his shift on 3 February, Song is said to have dropped some of his colleagues at their homes before going back to sleep in his dormitory.

His body was later found by his roommates in his dormitory. He died from a cardiac arrest believed to be brought on by exhaustion.

Mr Song was a native of Kaiyun Town in Hengshan County and the city government of Hengyang - which supervises Hengshan County - confirmed his death on its official Weibo account.

Mr Song's sister is in quarantine in Wuhan, and has been for nearly two weeks.

Speaking to local news outlet The Paper, she said her brother was 'outstanding'.

She said: "He always helped with housework at home and was regarded highly at work by his boss.

"His passing is really devastated news to our family."

Featured Image Credit: ABC

Topics: Coronavirus, China