The deadly coronavirus has turned Wuhan into a ghost town, with witnesses describing the “dead lying in deserted streets and medics patrolling in hazmat suits”. Shocking footage posted on social media has revealed the extent of the infection, with video showing people suddenly collapsing to the street in broad daylight. Other footage showed chaotic queues and brawls erupting in hospitals, as the epidemic, which has claimed the lives of at least 26 people, continues to wreak havoc.
People can be seen lying motionless on the ground in the city which has been placed on an unprecedented lockdown following the outbreak of the coronavirus.
In one disturbing clip posted online, a man can be seen lying unresponsive on the floor of a hospital while medics wearing hazmat suits and gas masks attempt to help him.
The victim, who was wearing a protective mask, had apparently been waiting in line for paperwork when he suddenly lost consciousness and collapsed.
Another horrifying video shows a man reportedly dead on the ground with blood pouring from his head, as two men in hazmat suits try to move him onto a stretcher.
Residents in Wuhan have been told to avoid crowds and public gatherings after all transport links in the city of 11 million were shut down yesterday.
Inside the city, there is panic about a potential food shortage after images showed supermarket shelves completely empty amid panic-buying from locals.
This morning, footage appears to show that tanks and officers from the Chinese People Liberation Army had moved into the city, which has been dubbed “zombieland”.
The country has also added four more cities to its transport ban, effectively putting 41 million people under quarantine.
Instead, the People’s Daily used the front page to send warm wishes for the Lunar New Year from the president, Xi Jinping.
The spread of the virus has even forced the Disneyland theme park in Shanghai to shut down to prevent further outbreak.
Guan Yi, a Hong Kong-based infectious disease expert, has claimed that a “bigger” outbreak is certain.
Dr Yi said the current outbreak could be ten times worse than the SARS crisis.
It comes as Public Health England confirmed the number of people being tested for the disease in the UK has risen to 14.
Paul Cosford, Medical Director for Public Health England, also claimed that itis “highly likely” that there will be cases of the virus in the UK.