Desperate residents of coronavirus hotspot Wuhan face TWO-DAY queues to see a doctor amid ‘doomsday’ scenes with nowhere to take the sick

Saturday, January 25, 2020
By Paul Martin

One woman told of how people have to wait ‘at least five hours’ to see the doctor
While a man in his 30s said he knew of some people having to queue for two days
People waiting at a hospital in the city were angry and frustrated with situation

25 January 2020

Residents of crisis-hit Wuhan at the centre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak have described scenes reminiscent of ‘doomsday’ as China locks down the capital as it to struggles to contain the disease that has already infected nearly 1,300 people.

In Wuhan, the epicentre of the emergency, 450 military medics were deployed to help treat patients in the central city, where a seafood and live animal market has been identified as the centre of the outbreak.

Today, when they should have been celebrating the Lunar New Year, people waiting at one hospital in the city were angry and frustrated.

‘It takes at least five hours to see a doctor,’ one woman, who didn’t want to be named, said.

Another resident, Xiaoxi, 36, said she had spent the past week taking her sick husband from hospital to hospital in a desperate attempt to get him tested for the virus.

She told the South China Morning Post: ‘I have nothing. No protective clothing, only a raincoat, and I am standing outside the hospital in the rain,’ said the woman, who gave her name as Xiaoxi.

‘I am desperate, I have lost count of time and days. I don’t know if we will both live to see the new year.’

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