Coronavirus: Tales of solidarity from China's virus-hit Wuhan

BBC News | 1/29/2020 | Staff
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As the number of coronavirus infections continues to grow, millions of people have gone into lockdown in Wuhan - the centre of the outbreak - to try to stop the virus spreading. But in this time of isolation some people are determined to raise each others' spirits.

The deadly outbreak comes as China celebrates one of the most important dates in its calendar - Lunar New Year.

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Imagine Christmas and Thanksgiving all rolled into one - typically a time filled with lots of cheer. For many, it's the only chance in a year they have to meet up with their family and exchange gifts of food and money.

In Wuhan people have been encouraged to stay home to minimise the spread of the virus. But residents in a block of flats found a small way to cheer each other up.

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Videos circulating on social media show people shouting "Wuhan jiayou" out of their windows- roughly translated to "Stay strong Wuhan" or "Keep on going Wuhan".

The phrase is echoed across the block and residents can be heard cheering in the background.

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It's also a cheer that's being repeated online.

On social media site Weibo, the phrase "Wuhan jiayou" has been trending.

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Many across different parts of the country are posting the phrase in solidarity with Wuhan - where the majority of deaths as a result of the virus have occurred.

"We will get through this. Wuhan jiayou, the whole country is supporting you," said one comment on Weibo.

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More than one hundred people - mostly in Wuhan - have now died as a result of the outbreak which has spread across China and internationally.

Though there is plenty of fear and anger at the authorities on social media in China, state media has been highlighting kind acts and stories...
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