Inside Wuhan: W5
Catalogue Number: CTV825
Subject: Canadian World Studies, Current Events, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Global Issues, Global Studies, Health, Health and Medicine, Social Sciences, Sociology
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2020
Running Time: 20:00
The epidemic COVID-19 virus has caused international apprehension for everyday life, but in Wuhan, China, the initial location of the outbreak, the city on lockdown has become eerily empty. W5, Canada’s most-watched documentary series and North America’s longest-running investigative series, presents a rare, first-person account from one Canadian quarantined in the disease’s epicenter with INSIDE WUHAN.
After receiving notice that his apartment building was about to be placed into lockdown, C.R. Holmes, took to the streets – avoiding authorities, living in his car and in hotel rooms for days on end, and uploading the footage of the ghost city back to Canada. Scenes include driving down the city’s busiest streets, now deserted at what would normally be rush hour. Police check-points line the roads and one apartment complex has been placed entirely behind six-foot-high walls to prevent residents from leaving or anyone from entering. Told as a first-person account, Holmes explores how the residents continue to get food and, at the city’s main train station, finds its vast concourse completely abandoned.
While seemingly draconian the Chinese authorities’ quarantine of the city of 11 million is being credited for slowing and possibly containing the spread of the deadly virus. In recent days the numbers of new cases have been declining in China, but the lockdowns continue. There are warnings everywhere – on one street he notes signs proclaiming “don’t spread rumours.”
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