Life in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus first appeared, is slowly returning to normal as the government releases a more than two-month-old lock that cuts the city off from the world and keeps most of its 11 million people at home.
Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, was once the epicenter of today's global pandemic and was subjected to the strictest restrictions on movement and business.
It is believed that the virus originated from a fish market in Wuhan last year and the city accounted for approximately two thirds of the total number of infections in China. However, new cases have declined dramatically in the city and the rest of the country, which has loosened the curbs that have existed since January 23.
Reuters asked several residents of Wuhan to share their experiences with the millions of people around the world who are now blocked or isolated in some way.
Your advice? Stay united, stay inside, and "add oil," a Chinese saying that means stay strong.
MU ZI, TAXI DRIVER
"In the beginning I was very scared because my job was to meet a lot of people, so I went home and put myself in quarantine.
"After the state measures to fight the epidemic came into force in February, I became more relaxed and in a better mood. And since my housing complex had no cases, they started to allow us to go out.
"The situation overseas, especially in Italy, hurts my heart. I hope that overseas coronavirus patients can overcome this."
DING FAN, 27, EMPLOYEES
"At the beginning I was very scared because the week after the blockade the infections in Wuhan reached their peak and the daily published figures made me very sad.
"I wasn't used to being at home and I would feel very scared because everyone was very nervous. You would open the windows to look outside and it would be completely empty, you wouldn't even be a shadow see. It felt very miserable and not like my home, a city full of life. "
"We live in the same world and we have to work hard to overcome this disease. Everyone should go out less, stay home, read books, watch TV and play with the family."
ZHANG JIANJUN, 33, WORKS IN PROPERTY PLANNING
"You have to stay hopeful, limit contact with others, reduce visits to crowded places. This is the only way to protect yourself and your family."
HU YONG, 40, DISINFECTANT SPRAYER
"I volunteered and recently joined a disinfectant company to spray shops and streets. This epidemic made me feel that we Chinese are really strong.
"As someone who has lived through this, I want to tell everyone that they don't panic. You need to adjust your state of mind. Second, you should take precautions such as washing your hands, good ventilation, and regular exercise."
GENG YI, HOTEL STAFF
"I saw how medical workers helped Wuhan. We are very grateful.
"Now that it feels like we're close to victory, I want to tell the citizens of the world that they are adding oil, keep going! Let's work hard together and I'm sure everyone will beat this."
YUAN YANZHONG, 59, RETIREE
"I was born in Wuhan. I haven't left the house since the city was closed. In the beginning I was quite panicked because this epidemic is very serious.
"I had stocked myself up with some important goods before the New Year holidays. Later, my neighborhood set up a chat group to buy groups so we could buy groceries that were delivered in bulk. Life was not easy, but at home it was more safe to stay.
"Based on Wuhan's experience, a good way to overcome this is to stay at home, not go out, restrict contact, and kill this virus by staying at home. This is the best solution."
YANG YUANFANG, 39, VOLUNTEER WORKER OF THE COMMUNITY
"My aunt was diagnosed with the virus on January 22nd, and then her family was slowly infected. At that time, they received a lot of help from the community.
"I volunteered because I found it very difficult to just stay on the sidelines. The situation made me very emotional. Wuhan is my home.
"This virus is very scary. To fight it, we have to be positive and united."
QIU XIAOYING, 72, SHOPOWNER
"We basically didn't go out and didn't visit other people's houses. Everything stopped. We didn't even visit our relatives or eat together during the New Year holidays."
"If we can overcome this epidemic in China, other countries can definitely triumph over their difficulties. You have to rely on your willpower, find ways to withdraw, learn from China to adopt a responsible attitude, not take the virus easily and don't go out on the street without masks. "
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