The new wave of outbreak in Guangzhou attracted wide attention since May 21st. In order to control the spread of the virus effectively, large-scale nucleic acid tests are carried out in many districts of Guangzhou.
How were the lives of Guangzhou expats affected amid the recent COVID-19 prevention and control? Some of them shared their stories and feeling with Nanfang Metropolis Daily and GDToday.
A Columbian teacher
Alexander Lloyd, a university teacher and photographer from Columbia, has lived in Haizhu district, Guangzhou for nearly four years. In May 29th, the Haizhu District COVID-19 prevention and control headquarters requested all of the registered residents in the district to conduct nucleic acid tests between May 30th and June 1st. Alexander was also included.
On the morning of May 31st, he was arranged to wait at the temporary nucleic acid testing point in the south campus gymnasium of Sun Yat-sen University. All the people in the stadium were required to wear masks, waiting for the volunteers to divide them into groups of five to go to the nucleic acid testing point in batches.
It took Alexander two hours to finish the test. “It was hot and the waiting time was long. I can feel that some of them were nervous, but everyone obeyed the arrangement with self-discipline, and the arrangement of the whole venue was in good order. This actually surprised me.” He also felt that the medical staff are the hardest hit because they were in thick protective clothing for hours.
"I think it is this kind of self-discipline and mutual understanding that enabled China to overcome the epidemic as quickly as possible in the past, so I believe Guangzhou will be able to do the same this time," Alexander said.
A boutique owner from Ukraine
Leonova Hanna is from Ukraine. After experiencing the wave of COVID-19 outbreak in early 2020, she and her husband decided to stay in Guangzhou.
Hanna and her husband run a boutique in Huadu District. Although they are not in the key areas of this wave of outbreak, she could feel the upgrading of COVID-19 prevention and control. “Now you need to wear masks and measure body temperature when you enter all shopping malls and subway stations. You also need to show the green code. "
Hanna said that what warmed her the most was the helping hands of people in her community. "Our community would ask us if we need masks. Also, they worried that we can't read the Chinese reports so they reminded us not to go to areas with confirmed cases in the near future. In fact, we can get enough information about the COVID-19 outbreak in Guangzhou, including the number of cases and key areas, through internet platforms like the "Guangzhou foreign affairs". It makes us feel at ease. "
Hanna believes that compared with 2020, the public are more relaxed in response to COVID-19. “ The epidemic will surely be over,” said Hanna.
A Burundi student
Freddy Gahimbare, a Burundi medical student from Southern Medical University, joined the school volunteer team to fight against COVID-19 in 2020. He also wrote a song called ‘Be Strong’ for Guangdong medical staff who went to Wuhan to fight against the pandemic last year.
Freddy said that the COVID-19 prevention and control of his campus had been strengthened in the past few days. At present, he stayed in the dormitory, responded to the call to reduce going out, and will return to the hospital for internship in September.
"Compared with 2020, this time we all have more experience in coping with the virus. What we should do is to do our part of protection well. The pandemic will eventually pass."
Freddy said that some of the nurses he knew once supported Wuhan last year also "went to war" again this time. “When I learned about their courage and their action, I am very moved and feel that I can do too little.”
"The beauty of Guangzhou and the enthusiasm of Guangzhou's people has not changed from the past to the present. In the future, I want to write another song for Guangzhou. "
According to the press conference on COVID-19 prevention and control in Guangzhou on May 31st, the spread rate of COVID-19 is gradually being curbed.
Source: Nanfang Metropolis Daily & Newsgd.com