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Coronavirus outbreak: Edinburgh Uni law student held under quarantine in China shares account of ‘inescapable nightmare’

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‘It’s just you and your anxious speculations (an exam season mood to be honest)’

Lucy Wong (image credit: Lucy Wong via The Tab)

An Edinburgh University law student, currently on a year-long “interruption of studies” in Beijing, China, has written a detailed account of what it’s like being held under quarantine amid an outbreak of the coronavirus.

Lucy Wong, who is living in the Chinese capital, or “ghost town” as she puts it, tells readers how she misses the “outside world” having not stepped out of her front door in just over three weeks. “I can tell you the novelty of being inside all day everyday wears off in about five,” she laments. “I was very much looking forward to taking some time off university, the outbreak of the coronavirus has led what was meant to be a quiet and relaxing break into the complete opposite — an inescapable nightmare.”

The coronavirus is an illness transmitted by animals and humans that is said to have originated in Wuhan, China, towards the end of last year. It is a novel strain that has not been previously identified in humans and can result in death — which may go someway to explain the global outcry and widespread media coverage the virus has received. There is insufficient data to say definitively how deadly the virus is but reported deaths are almost at the 500-mark, with the number of cases continually rising. It is highly infectious hence why Chinese officials have ordered the lockdown of citizens across several cities.

Many international law firms with bases across China have adopted special measures in response to the outbreak. Quinn Emanuel is reportedly reimbursing taxi fares for its Shanghai staff to avoid them having to use public transport, and encouraging the use of masks in the office. Dentons’ regional arm, Dacheng, is the only major international law firm with a presence in the city of Wuhan.

Wong, who has family in neighbouring Hong Kong, continues:

“Quarantine to begin with felt like a bit of a joke, nothing too serious — so the first few days of staying completely inside the house were quite fun. But the severity of the situation soon hit, it’s quite an odd feeling to be simultaneously alarmed and bored at the same time. There are only so many times you can check the news for more depressing updates or stressfully pace around the sitting room… It’s just you and your anxious speculations (an exam season mood to be honest).”

She goes on to reveal that law student leisure pursuits YouTube and Netflix have been blocked, along with Facebook and Instagram. Television for that matter is supposedly “filled to the brim with Communist Party propaganda and undertones over-glorifying the Chinese Communist Revolution”, whilst the 7pm news centres around the coronavirus.

She explains in her The Tab article that neighbourhood committees are repeatedly blasting ‘advice’ from speakers, driving up and down the streets for everyone in their homes to hear. Plus they’re furiously “pounding” on front doors to ask whether residents have been infected.

She concludes by writing: “Life in China right now is extremely difficult. Days spent waiting and wondering when life will resume as normal feels endless. But I’ll continue to long for the day I can walk freely outside again. There’s not much else left to do at this point.”

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27 Comments

Anon

You what mate? What you been sniffing?

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Anonymous

Anyone is sniffing at this particular time of the year… ‘mate’!

Rather that you sniff… than cough, and spit, and then drop after 7 to 10 days, thereabout, I’d suppose, wouldn’t you say?!

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Stop forcing it m8

Legal Cheek’s idea of legal journalism:

Woman gets coronavirus: meh
LAW STUDENT gets coronavirus: ERRMAAAGURRRD THIS IS SO RELEVANT TO THE LEGAL WORLD ERMAAGURRRRRRRRD

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Anonymous

And you don’t talk about stuff like (or indeed anything about/going on in China) under your own name, especially if are looking to do any sort of legal work in that particular country… is she sure she isn’t trying to be a journalist?

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Anonymous

*Like that… I am not that young!

Law, and China… still inherently an oxymoron.

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Anon

Sounds like you’re the only moron here.

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Anonymous

Such an erudite conversation, such intellectual thoughts, such wit… for a moment, I was tempted to sympathise some of the antics of one Jolyon once used to employ on Twitter, although largely for his own ego and self-aggrandisement… before he got a little carried away just after Christmas, that is!

Anon

Earlier statement confirmed.

Anonymous

Well, the word is ‘vindicated’ actually, not ‘confirmed’, if you really wanted to sound clever.

‘Cheap and nasty’… cheap and nasty indeed!

Anon

Fuck off.

Anonymous

An eloquent retort by an educated person, I can tell…

Anon

Fuck off you cunt

Anonymous

Are you attempting to audition for the next series of The Sweeney here… or China’s Got Talent?

I am alas not Simon Cowell, unfortunately! You are wasting your time with the likes of mere mortals like me!

JDP in training

“Inescapable nightmare”? Welcome to LSE my friend.

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Anon

And, to be clear, Legal Cheek is just reposting what the student has written on some other website.

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Anonymous

That’s not news.

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Anonymous

You can stop talking to yourself now!

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Anonymous

And?

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Anonymous

China sure looks a lot like Trafalgar Square.

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Anonymous

With the amount of Chinese tourists until only very recently, you couldn’t have been mistaken to think that it was!

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Anonymous

A bit rascist.

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Anonymous

Everything is these days, apparently… so I have been told more than a few times as well, personally!

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Anonymous

What is racist hasn’t changed, making comments to exclude based on race is always wrong, but society is now less tolerant. I know you’re implying it has changed in order to excuse your distasteful comment and the fact you’ve not moved with the times. Maybe you should reflect on that a bit, and just stop making racist comments.

Anon

Come on, I am as against the typical Brexit supporting racist as anyone, but there is a big difference between pointing out the uptick in Chinese tourism in London and the sort of racism the basic spout online referring to the racial profile of those living in an area or those undertaking a certain activity. If one was to comment on the number of English tourists in a tacky Costa Del Sol resort that would not be racist by any sensible measure.

Anonymous

👆 I suspect you two are in fact the same person…

What are you on about?! Bloody hell (is that a racist remark now, as well?!) … you two are racists yourselves, full of prejudicial views on people, stereotyping people purely on political opinions (both are the very definition of racism)… I wouldn’t be surprised if you were in fact the one who wrote “Israel simply has no right to exist” and sent it to the Guardian back in 2001!

Anonymous

If you’re too thick headed to know when you’re being racist then I can’t help you.

Anonymous

Calling for the destruction of the State of Israel and the genocide of its inhabitants are most certainly racism.

Now, go back to watching PressTV on YouTube!

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