A BRIT teacher living in an "apocalyptic" coronavirus-ridden city has revealed cops stalk the streets hunting those without masks.
Carys Davies, 25, has been on lockdown in her home for two weeks after the deadly virus spread from ground zero in Wuhan to her city of Hangzhou.
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The teacher – who moved to the city from Swansea in 2017 – has opened up about life during the killer outbreak and said Hanzhou is like a ghost town after a crackdown on people leaving their homes.
She told Wales Online: “When I came back from holiday in Japan, it was like being placed in the apocalypse.
“I haven’t walked down the street – if a policeman sees you walking the streets they will ask you where you are going.
“I have not been allowed out today and we are not allowed to go outside without wearing a mask.”
China has seen its deadliest day of the coronavirus outbreak so far as the number of deaths leapt by 242 in just 24 hours.
Officials in the country said the jump was linked to a change in how they’re diagnosing new cases, a report said.
Nearly 15,000 cases of the deadly coronavirus were reported in Hubei province on Thursday.
Health officials in Hubei said 242 people had died from the flu-like virus on Wednesday, the fastest rise in the daily count since the pathogen was identified in December.
Caryc went on: “We had 36 people diagnosed with coronavirus in my district and on Tuesday we were the second worst for the virus – they are sending all the people from Wuhan to my city, which is why the figures are so high in the ranking.
“When we had Sars my city coped with it the best, so they have decided to send everyone here.
"We have had two new cases in Hangzhou today and the total in my city is 159, with 36 cases in my district.
"This has impacted on the Chinese economy – my district is like a ghost town.”
The young woman told how she never leaves her flat, orders in food and doesn't expect to return to work for at least another fortnight.
She said: “I only ever go for a walk around the compound and never leave the main gates.
"I get food delivered on my phone and it arrives 30 to 40 minutes later, the security does all the swabs.
"I will get a phone call from the delivery guy. I go to the lobby and see the security guard who always checks it.
"I don’t come in contact with the delivery man.”
The total deaths in China from the newly discovered virus has hit 1,367, up 254 from the previous day, the National Health Commission said.
Hubei had previously only allowed infections to be confirmed by RNA tests, which can take days to process.
But it has begun using quicker computerised tomography (CT) scans.
As a result, another new 14,840 cases were reported in the central province yesterday, from 2,015 new cases nationwide a day earlier.
About 60,000 people have now been confirmed to have the virus, the vast majority of them in China.
But despite the chaos caused by the outbreak, Carys says she is determined to stay.
She added: "We were the second-worst hit. My mother and father have said it’s just safer to stay put.
"If I was to move there is more chance of getting it.
“I wanted to stay because my life is here, I have a job and I have an apartment and I have a cat.
"I am only allowed out every two days because they are trying to restrict people in the streets.
“You get your temperature checked when you go out and come back into your apartment.
If I was to move there is more chance of getting it. I wanted to stay because my life is here, I have a job and I have an apartment and I have a cat.
"The way they are dealing with it here is that everyone is working together.
“If you go out without a mask on the police look at you as if you are going out of your way to harm someone – the whole of China is stopping this from spreading.”
The new diagnostic procedure could explain the spike in deaths, said Raina McIntyre, head of biosecurity research at the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales.
She said: "Presumably, there are deaths which occurred in people who did not have a lab diagnosis but did have a CT.
"It is important that these also be counted."
The new testing is only being used in Hubei.
It comes as former Shanghai mayor Ying Yong is to replace Jiang Chaoliang as party chief in central Hubei, where the outbreak emerged.
Two other senior officials have also been removed from their posts.
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