Five Wuhan university dorms were converted into quarantine centers for coronavirus patients as the city struggles to contain the disease.
University DormsOn Feb. 7, Hu Yabo, vice mayor of Wuhan City, where the virus first broke out, said at a daily press conference that the city and provincial governments would convert student dorms at four universities and the new campus of the Hubei Province Communist Party training school, all located in Wuhan.
In total, these colleges would supply 5,400 patient beds to quarantine coronavirus patients with mild symptoms.
Hu also said the city needs medical supplies desperately, including 41,400 protective suits, 56,800 N95 masks, and 19,200 goggles.
Students from Hanjiang University complained on social media that they were not notified by the school that their dorms were going to be converted into a quarantine center.
“Why use our dorm? Why don’t you use the stadium instead?,” said one user. “Who can protect my belongings?,” another questioned. “How will you disinfect our dorm before the new semester starts?,” another worried.
IsolationNetizens have also shared videos of conflicts between residents and security personnel, as many Chinese in cities held under lockdown begin to feel frustrated that they cannot move around freely.
More than 80 Chinese city governments have launched some form of quarantine measures.
Quickly SpreadingTianjin, one of the four directly-governed municipalities in China, issued isolation measures on Feb. 6, after a 66 year-old woman who shopped at a local department store died from the coronavirus.
Mao added that roughly 9,200 people visited the store between Jan. 19 and Jan. 25, when the woman had visited. All 194 store staff are now being isolated at a quarantine center, while the 9,200 store patrons will be required to self-isolate at home.
In Jinjiang City of Fujian Province, more than 4,000 people are under quarantine after they came into contact with an infected person.
On Jan. 23, the man started to feel sick. He was diagnosed with the coronavirus on Jan. 27. Seven people who had contact with him were also diagnosed.
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) first broke out in Wuhan in early December 2019. Tens of thousands have been infected within China, while dozens of countries are also reporting cases.