Residents of the worlds most populous country are spending a lot of time indoors. But lockdowns across China due to the spreading coronavirus are prompting residents to come up with creative ways to pass the time.
Manya Koetse, the editor-in-chief of the website Whats on Weibo, shared a tweet thread of videos from the Chinese social platform showing ways residents kept themselves preoccupied. From playing badminton indoors to playing mock catch-and-release with fish, residents have found ways to combat their boredom.
How to survive staying indoors during #coronavirus lockdown according to these very important videos making their rounds on Chinese social media. Firstly: don't be afraid to express your feelings and get in touch with your emotions. pic.twitter.com/xd8yj73dtx
— Manya Koetse (@manyapan) January 27, 2020
Travel restrictions have affected about 56 million people within in the Chinese province of Hubei, according to Al Jazeera. Wuhan, the capital of the Hubei province where the new coronavirus was first detected, has been under lockdown since Jan. 23.
When Wuhan residents step outside, its mostly to go to the supermarkets, food stores and pharmacies that stay open as part of a government effort to sustain the city, the New York Times reported.
People in other cities have quarantined themselves following advice from the government.
Roads are so empty. This is a freeway but Ive seen less than 10 cars in the past hour.