The French confined in the holiday resort of Carry-le-Rouet (Bouches-du-Rhône), on February 5, 2020. Daniel Cole / AP
After a week of quarantine, enforced by the fear of contamination with the novel coronavirus, Pan Shancu has cracked. In his apartment in the city of Hangzhou, in eastern China, a marathon enthusiast, has set a challenge : run 50 miles without leaving his house. 6 250 loops of 8 meters around two massage tables, and a finish line crossed in 4 hours and 48 minutes. “I’m not out for days, I couldn’t sit up “, explodes in a message, published on the social network Weibo and commented on by thousands of internet users.
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Since the beginning of the containment measures put in place to prevent the spread of the virus – that the global footprint has surpassed the 1 100 people dead –, tourists and local residents concerned multiply the techniques in order to deceive the boredom and the anxiety of a possible contamination. “Headphones and music, that’s all it takes,” said Xander Soh, australian national stuck in a room without a window, the Diamond Princess, cruise ship quarantined in the japanese port of Yokohama
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An output one-hour allowed per day
More than 150 of 3 700 passengers and crew members of the ship have been infected with the coronavirus. The sanitary measures on board are drastic : meals are taken in the rooms, the output of one hour allowed per day, no contact and no gathering between the passengers of the luxury cruise. “Day 7 : we had the visit of the Power Ranger red while we were on the bridge “, evidenced by a passenger admiring a man disguised as super-heroes go on a small motor boat.
On his Twitter account created for the occasion, (” Quarantine ” Diamond Princess “), the same tourist tells anecdotes of daily life on the boat. “Day 7 : the Internet connection is bad, the captain said that the problem will be solved. No Fortnite today “, regrets a few hours later this follower of the video game online. “The alcohol is running out. This may be the last whiskey I can drink before you get off this boat “, quips another passenger on Twitter
Two passengers greet each other from their cabin on the ” Diamond Princess “, in the port of Yokohama on 11 February. Jae C. Hong / AP Section reserved for our subscribers also Read Epidemic of coronavirus : the answers to the 40 questions of the readers of the ” World “
Has 10 of 122 kilometres to the west of Yokohama, the same paradise, the same fear of being part of the new people who are infected by the coronavirus. In the holiday centre of the municipality of Carry-le-Rouet (Bouches-du-Rhône), one hundred and eighty French repatriated from the city of Wuhan, the home of the virus, alternating between playing games, films, and a strict verification of their temperature. “One has returned to their scissors of hairdresser’s, other their books to teachers in a class improvised “, testify to the journalists of Agence France-Presse (AFP) arrived in France with the group of returnees.
“In the morning, some are going to run, I’m walking on a path along a creek, the noon, we eat in a refectory, the afternoon, there are additional activities such as card games, a game of bocce and volleyball,” reports the newspaper The Dispatch Simon, a repatriated native of Toulouse.
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“There was no contact with the outside world “
For some, the quarantine in the South is a relief after the confinement forced in Wuhan : these activities allow us to ” rediscover the social connectedness that we have lost by being in quarantine in China “, abounds with the AFP and Charles Germain, 38 years, at the initiative of a group on a messaging application, to share on the phones of the returnees of information on the life of the center of Carry-le-Rouet. Has Wuhan, ” we had our family link to the house, but nothing more. There was no contact with the outside world “, he recalls.
Behind the few distractions remains the anxiety from living in close proximity to people potentially infected with the coronavirus, of which the incubation period can be up to fourteen days before onset of symptoms. On the Diamond Princess, the first signs of anxiety emerged among the members of the crew, that are subject to health rules are less stringent and in which more than a dozen have contracted the virus.
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“I am no longer a server today, but rather a nurse or a guard of the prison of Secondigliano [located in Naples], in charge of serving the meals to the inmates in their cell “, shows an Italian member of the crew in a testimony published on the blog of a friend of his. Unlike the passengers, the staff shares the same toilet and the same dishes for breakfast, according to a testimony of a cook indian of the vessel at the . “Why is it that they do we not separate ? We are not part of the boat ? If the passengers have been isolated, why not us ? “if he asked.
In a video widely relayed on Facebook, Binay Kumar Sarkar, another of the 160-member indian crew of the Diamond Princess, has appealed to the prime minister, Narendra Modi, to get out of the boat : “None of us has tested positive to [coronavirus], launches himself in front of five colleagues hidden. Please save us as soon as possible. “On the cruise ship, the end of the quarantine is, for the moment, set for 19 February.
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