‘No outsiders’: Villages build DIY walls and checkpoints to stop virus

Small villages in China are barricading themselves in against the coronavirus. They are not acting on government orders but taking matters into their own hands.
We came across six in Hebei, the province surrounding Beijing which has seen one death from novel coronavirus.

Handwritten signs at street entrances say: “No outsiders allowed in.”

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Others have taken it further, building entire walls out of brick.
We spoke to one man through a gap in the barrier. “Our village built this,” he said. “To stop outsiders coming to our village – to reduce the number of people coming in.”

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Image: People are taking things into their own hands to stay safe
Villagers have set up checkpoints that mimic the official versions you have to cross as you enter the province, screening people’s temperatures.

Another fortified village was winching a portable cabin into place – it will serve as a guardhouse.

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After it was safely set down, resident Yan Yang told us: “It’s because of the epidemic. I don’t know how long it will last.

Image: Sky’s correspondent had his temperature taken at a roadblock

“No one knows how the epidemic will process. There’s no policies from the top yet.
“I can’t say I’m not worried. But no one has another method.”

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Hebei is some 600 miles from Wuhan – a city that has been sealed off not to stop the virus getting in, but prevent it getting out.

There, video filmed by a resident showed the city at night, as the cry went up around the neighbourhood: “Wuhan, add oil!” It means keep going, hang tough.
Neighbours shouted it out the window to each other, a chorus of solidarity.
But elsewhere in China, people are bunkering down, breaking their bonds with the outside world.

Source : Sky News