British teacher who is 'trapped' in Wuhan is too scared to leave his house

Mail Online | 1/23/2020 | Jim Norton for the Daily Mail
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A British man trapped in the Chinese city of Wuhan has described the ‘blanket of fear’ hanging over the place where coronavirus first broke out.

Kharn Lambert, a PE teacher based in China, last night told of how he worried about leaving his home for fear of catching ‘a deadly virus’.

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In one of the first British accounts to come out of Wuhan, which was placed in lockdown yesterday, Mr Lambert described how the area had become unrecognisable.

Asked if a ‘blanket of fear’ was looming above Wuhan, he told the BBC: ‘100 per cent.’ China had last night put six cities on lockdown in a desperate bid to contain the virus. Planes in and out of Wuhan were grounded and local transport services axed.

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About 20 million residents across China were effectively quarantined as the coronavirus death toll stood at 25 – with more than 800 infected.

It came as the World Health Organisation (WHO) branded the scale of emergency measures ‘unprecedented in public health history’. Thousands of patients have continued to flood into hospitals across the Chinese cities.

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And further panic set in after rumours suggested hospital beds were running out and medical equipment was in short supply.

Locals described an ‘end of the world’ mentality with supermarket shelves bare and petrol stations overwhelmed as locals tried to stock up.

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Usually bustling streets, decorated for Chinese New Year festivities, were deserted. Those who did venture outside wore masks.

Public health officials have been seen walking the streets under clouds of gas as they disinfect roads and parks. Quarantine tents continued to spring up in an effort to isolate suspected cases.

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As of yesterday, there was a total of 830 cases of coronavirus in China – but scientists warned that as many as 10,000 could be infected.

The Chinese government is scrambling to put emergency measures in place ahead of...
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