Across the coastal province of Zhejiang, the worst-hit area after Hubei province, four big cities have essentially put their populations under a form of house arrest: Only one person from each household is allowed to leave, and only every second day, to buy supplies.
Local authorities put a “No visitors allowed” sign on Allen Li’s family home in Hangzhou and locked the door with a metal chain from the outside. “We argued with them, but they said it’s a decision from above,” Li told the South China Morning Post. “We understand we should not go out. But this is not humane. What if there’s a fire at our home at midnight and we can’t get anyone to unlock it?”