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Punch your coronavirus stress away, China tells citizens in ground zero

Here’s what a Communist Party official told Chinese living in Hubei province, whose capital, Wuhan, is ground zero for the deadly coronavirus epidemic sweeeping across the world.

Workers setting up beds at the Wuhan Parlor Convention Center to convert it into a makeshift hospital following an outbreak of the new coronavirus, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, on February 4, 2020. (Photo: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ghost-like scenes in Chinese cities, millions on lockdown
  • Citizens in epicentre provice asked to cry, punch bags to relive stress
  • India has reported 3 positive cases in Kerala

Throw some punches. Or go where no one’s looking and just let the tears flow. You’ll feel better.

That’s the gist of the stress relief advice a top Chinese official recently gave citizens in Hubei province, whose capital, Wuhan, is ground zero for the deadly coronavirus epidemic sweeeping across the world.

Ghost-town like scenes were photographed in Wuhan and other Chinese cities as authorities placed millions on lockdown and the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) a global emergency.

India has reported three positive cases in Kerala, and evacuated hundreds of its citizens from Wuhan.

“If your emotions have been particularly suppressed, you can look for an isolated spot and have a good cry for a few minutes,” said Yang Fude, a Communist Party secretary, in comments translated by the South China Morning Post.

“After crying, you will feel relaxed,” he told Chinese living in Hubei, a large central province.

“If conditions allow, we can install a punching bag or sandbag in offices or rest areas at work, and you can spend a few minutes doing some punching exercises,” Yang Fude said.

Now, while there’s plenty to punch-your-bad-mood-away advice out there, there’s also evidence that shows agression can grow anger rather than quench it.

As Indian authorities work to contain the spread of 2019-nCoV, make sure you consume and share reliable information.

The WHO’s coronavirus page (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019) and the Indian health ministry’s Twitter account (@MoHFW_INDIA) are good resources. You can also track news and updates on IndiaToday.in.

Read our comprehensive guide to 2019-nCoV for Indian citizens, and our visual guide to the global outbreak.

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