An Australian teacher in Wuhan says she feels SAFER in China because people don’t take coronavirus seriously at home
- Shay Kearney, from NSW, moved to Wuhan, China two years ago to teach English
- The 24-year-old has been locked up in her apartment for more than two months
- Wuhan, the COVID-19 epicenter, was shut off from the world on January 23
A 24-year-old teacher who was detained in Wuhan during the coronavirus outbreak said she feels safer in China because Australians are not taking the pandemic seriously.
Shay Kearney, from Murwillumbah in northeastern NSW, moved to the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak two years ago to learn English.
But Ms. Kearney has been in her apartment for more than two months, after the $ 11 million city was cut off from the rest of the world on January 23.
“We didn’t really have time to process it. We just locked up, ”she said A current affair.
Shay Kearney, from Murwillumbah in northeastern NSW, moved to Wuhan two years ago to teach English
“The streets were empty. We were stuck in our apartment, we had nowhere to go and it felt like the apocalypse in a way. It was very scary. ”
China, where the outbreak first occurred in December 2019, has officially registered 81,470 coronavirus cases and 3,340 deaths.
Residents are allowed to leave Wuhan – for the first time since January – from April 8, as the city is gradually releasing virus-closure measures to combat the virus.
They are currently allowed to go outside for two hours a day as life slowly returns to normal.
Ms Kearney, who lives with her boyfriend, said she only planned to stay in China for a year, but stayed for a second because she loves her job.
The 24-year-old suggested that Beijing initially downplayed the severity of the virus.
Pictured: Residents take a walk in Wuhan on Monday as the city gradually loosens its closure
Ms Kearney said she only planned to stay in China for a year but stayed a second because she loves her job (photo)
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 5795
New South Wales: 2637
Western Australia: 460
South Australia: 409
Australian Capital Territory: 96
Northern Territory: 28
TOTAL CASES: 5,795
“It’s like the flu, it’s not that bad … that was before they even knew anything when we just learned about the disease,” she said.
Ms Kearney said it was “frustrating” to see that Australians are not taking the pandemic seriously by ignoring the rules of social distance.
“I even just spoke to my mom today and she’s like ‘people just don’t get it, people are on the beach, people just go to Bunnings,'” she said.
“Australia is just in this mindset that is weeks behind everyone and it’s time to catch up.
“Frankly, I feel safer here.”
There are 5,795 cases of coronavirus in Australia and 41 people have died.
Public gatherings of more than two people are prohibited, and Australians are advised to stay at home.
Ms Kearney said it was “frustrating” to see Australians not taking the pandemic seriously by ignoring social distance rules
Pictured: People wear protective face masks on Monday in a shopping area in Wuhan. Residents are allowed to leave Wuhan – for the first time since January – from April 8, as the city is slowly unleashing virus-closure measures.