A video of a 30-year old Wuhan man seeking the world’s help has been circulating on Youtube and on social forums in the last few days.
Masked and just showing his eyes, he spoke about the current city lockdown and how helpless people are.
He started by articulating a few sentences in Wuhan accent to prove that he is a native of Wuhan city. Then he shared what he personally witnessed regarding the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak.
“In all 30 years of my life, I have never seen people here eating wild animals.” He seriously doubts whether consuming wild animals is the cause of the virus outbreak, as officially reported. This seems to refute official claim that the virus spread from bats to snakes to humans.
He questioned about the effect of the city lockdown at 10am on 23 January 2020. He says that those who managed to leave Wuhan before this dateline would have brought the virus with them to other parts of China.
He questioned what city authorities are doing to contain the spread. His friends in hospitals revealed that medical resources and supplies are not keeping up with the virus spread.
Many people are refused hospital admission because the administrative process requires people to be first diagnosed with the virus, then have their cases referred to the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, which upon approval, will the admission into hospital be possible.
He asked why isn’t the whole country mobilized to respond to the virus when medical resources and supplies are lacking?
After the city lockdown, material supplies are lacking. Masks, which used to be very low cost, are now sold at RMB30 per 10-piece pack in small pharmaceutical shops that don’t issue receipts.
Markets are out of food supply. The food suppliers at markets told him the supply has stopped.
“What are we going to do in February and March, when the outbreak intensifies?” “What are government authorities doing?”
The chaotic situation in hospitals also denies anyone with normal illnesses from receiving any kind of medical attention. “Does anyone with any kind of illness still dare to seek treatment in hospitals?” People going to hospitals risked being cross-contaminated.
He claimed that government officials have used lots of tax-payers’ money for showcase projects. “Why not use these financial resources for the fight against the virus?”
“China has had past experiences dealing with the SARS virus, national disasters such as the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, etc., why are we still addressing virus outbreak in such an inadequate manner?”
“People going to hospitals are refused admission. Only when you have strong connections are you able to gain admission. Ordinary people are left to fight the virus with their own immunity. Doesn’t this mean bringing back the virus to your own neighborhood and community?”
“Dead bodies are left uncollected as there are not enough medical people to help.”
In order to record this video, the man has to break China’s firewall to gain access to the outside world. He knew the risks that he is in. He may be detained by Public Security officers for doing this video.
He seeks help from anyone out there in the world.
“Are the government authorities trying to let us die here?” “Why isn’t there any clear nation-wide mobilized efforts?”
He slammed the local authorities for not doing enough to help the local people here.
“Also, why hide the truth of the outbreak from the outside world? Whatever figures the authorities gave to the outside world, just add at least two zeroes to the figures; this is the magnitude of the outbreak.”
“I am speaking to you to please get the Chinese government to take some action.”
“We are left to die at home and there is practically nothing we can do. Is there anything worse than this?”
As of this writing, Wuhan Mayor Zhou Xianwang (周先旺) appeared on national television network CCTV at 3pm on 27 January 2020 admitting that outbreak information has not been timely disseminated.
Mayor Zhou is willing to discharge himself from his position to take full responsibility for his decision to lockdown the city and to assuage public anger.
Premier Li Keqiang also visited Wuhan city on 27 January 2020. He is the highest official from central government so far to visit the infected city.