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It’s likened to a scene from an apocalypse. Wuhan - a city more populous than London or New York - placed in ‘lockdown’ following the outbreak of the new and deadly coronavirus.
In China, more than two thousand people have died, with tens of thousands more infected, and authorities are resorting to extreme measures to try to halt the contagion. In interviews filmed on smartphones, Chinese activists and Australians trapped in the lockdown explain what they are going through.
Four Corners charts how the outbreak occurred and investigates whether a cover-up by Chinese authorities allowed the virus to spread.
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L.B
L.B 10 days ago
‘A government that you don’t want to muck around with’ geee...
PlastixStar
PlastixStar 11 days ago
CCP virus. The lab made a virus containing Coronavirus, SARS, and HIV.
Mezza
Mezza 12 days ago
Virus is from China! Whuhan virus CCP virus ... Don't hear spain complaining! China let it spread im no rocket scientist
Patricia Morgan
Patricia Morgan 14 days ago
There is a place in hell for these people who knew about this coronavirus and then chose to cover it up, and allowed it to spread around the world!!!
Scott Correll
Scott Correll 14 days ago
21:27 I just wanna cry for all people in the world. Sending love and positive wishes to everyone effected by this and want anyone to know reading we are stronger united and with the facts being this isn't going to be over anytime soon and I don't want to spur panic but I want to inspire greatness. Think of all the heroes on the front lines. Think of what small things we can contribute everyday one small step at a time. We will make it through this together and will be stronger on the other side.
Luke Davis
Luke Davis 14 days ago
i think the gavmont can try a little bit harder to rhit against the crownara virus and cove 19
Stop Talking
Stop Talking 16 days ago
Ultimately the Chinese will have to wait a long time, they will tire of the ultimate bribery by the CCP buying their silence and obedience with jobs , money, food and goods. Prosperity only lasts so long. Then in a hundred years or so, all of their enemies will have died.
Stop Talking
Stop Talking 16 days ago
If this is the beginning of the China Century, it's looking pretty grim! Will the country learn? Not until a much worse disaster kills a couple hundred million lives!
Stop Talking
Stop Talking 16 days ago
If this is the beginning of the China Century, it's looking pretty grim! Will the country learn? Not until a much worse disaster kills a couple hundred million lives!
Stop Talking
Stop Talking 16 days ago
Really good weather i n Hubei, level 6 so you can start to make out the outline of buildings a kilometer or so away! They have a long way to get clean again. China and coal, it's a like an addict and their opium!
Stop Talking
Stop Talking 16 days ago
So he is mad at the CCP, but they don't want anything but control and work. How sad for the mainland Chinese people...and most of Latin America, Africa, Russia, and half or so of America and Europe!
Stop Talking
Stop Talking 16 days ago
The biological research center for most dangerous diseases is like a super-max prison warden and guards have PhD and MD credentials.
Stop Talking
Stop Talking 16 days ago
So look at that grotesque grey sky they walk-in and breathe daily. Respiratory viruses love big, dirty cities.
Aiden Edmond
Aiden Edmond 17 days ago
Its Bull crap that it took so long for them to tell others about COVID-19.
jascam1
jascam1 17 days ago
Till this day 05/19/20 I can't see why everyone who has a medical appointment are not given an antigen and antibody test on their scheduled doctors visit. this is unbelievable.
Ray Man
Ray Man 18 days ago
Biology Warfare, imagine what there really working on in secret institutions, nuclear is out but if need be their there but future wars will be fought with biological weapons, this could even be a test of things to come... ✌️... Stay Safe
Ray Man
Ray Man 18 days ago
So what do we know now, man-made, first studies in USA Obama government sent it too China even gave them a grant of 3.2m, released at the best possible chance to spreed it, that’s what we know so far... Can’t wait for the 2nd wave...✌️
Connie Purnell
Connie Purnell 19 days ago
Just heartbreaking 😢😢😢😢😢
Giaiel Pace
Giaiel Pace 19 days ago
The Chinese president and authorities are a joke and not to be trusted, they should be judge for beholding important information that concerns the world.
donald teeple
donald teeple 19 days ago
IT SEEMS THAT ALL VIRUSES START IN CHINA,,,,,TELL ME I'M WRONG
donald teeple
donald teeple 19 days ago
i will back the words of rock star brian addams
donald teeple
donald teeple 19 days ago
why do all the virasis come from china?
donald teeple
donald teeple 19 days ago
i'm sorry but you people started this,,,,shame
Don Mega
Don Mega 20 days ago
Who caused the lockdown? To a large part it's cos of this British professor Neil Ferguson whose now found faulty computer models that caused it. Ferguson recently also resigned cos he was caught violating his own lockdown rules by meeting with his married mistress while being covid-19 positive himself LOL. What a loser with no morals, so no wonder his computer models lacked any accuracy as well. We now have to question all professor lockdown's work regarding it for these 2 reasons.
ferkemall
ferkemall 20 days ago
Somebody needs to some research to see if its interacted with the MMR the kids had it looks like there is a hybrid virus that looks like Kawasaki but is not !
R o s e
R o s e 21 day ago
As a half Chinese, China is problematic.
Martin Kirkov
Martin Kirkov 21 day ago
Cut the crap, Bill Gates! We won't buy your bs!
Espakuz •
Espakuz • 5 days ago
Martin Kirkov still believing conspiracy theories even tho there’s no evidence of it?
golfgure
golfgure 21 day ago
Scamdemic
Rosanne Lin
Rosanne Lin 22 days ago
Just foolish. on March 13 I went and hid under bed for two days as a survivor of SARS in Beijing in 2003. I basically thought idiots
Susan Bennett
Susan Bennett 22 days ago
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MrHawkins01
MrHawkins01 22 days ago
okej to be frank this virus is no joke and many is going to die from it but it could been a hell of alot worse if one studies history about other pandemics we have had. Everyone please stay healthy and stay safe
tony deluary
tony deluary 22 days ago
Mate your an aussie, you will be welcome back with restrictions. But mate be realistic you won’t leave because your girlfriend who is not an Aussie. So not being rude it your choice
am
am 23 days ago
this is not unlike what is happening here. we are taking baby steps towards Communism and this TRACE act is going to tip us in the wrong direction.
pookie
pookie 24 days ago
this covid 19 virus is able to enter the human cell via ace 20, apparently we now know that this virus also holds segments of HIV , which begs the question, is it natural mutation or human intervention, given the way the CCP have behaved it is highly likely they have been instrumental in causing one of the greatest human death rate. CCP have big questions to awnser, pity the lamestream media are not up to it
Neitho Zhasa
Neitho Zhasa 24 days ago
Chinese government should b blame bcoz of them ...every1 in diz world is suffering
Studio Beats
Studio Beats 27 days ago
Who is watching this while locked-down or self-isolating due to Coronavirus?
Thomas Vogel
Thomas Vogel 26 days ago
I watched it as it was uploaded and startet preping😜 staying home since february. Our country is in lockdown since march. Now its reopening. I stay home some more time i guess😅. Re watching this to remind me why im doing it. Stay home. Stay safe.
John Forde
John Forde 28 days ago
Leave the bats and 🐱 🐕 🐀 🐦 to hell alone, mother nature would get you
HypernovaHeathen
HypernovaHeathen 28 days ago
Lies.
Radhika srinivasan
So Sad
VannaCoe
VannaCoe Month ago
"I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." - Albert Einstein Hope that is not the case. I believe in being safe and smart for each other. But I don’t know what to believe anymore..
Arrest Tedros Adhanom
Arrest Tedros Adhanom
yingwei ling
yingwei ling Month ago
That was a history of how china was dealing with that virus back at Feb, look at the one million patients in US now, Did china do the wrong thing?
Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon Month ago
Starting to think it didn’t originate in any wet market nor was it bats 🦇 🤔
Jack Jones
Jack Jones Month ago
ABC in March: China hit by massive pandemic and lock down entire city ABC may: China lied about coronavirus
mark rottjakob
mark rottjakob Month ago
It came from the Infectious Disease lab not the wet Market.
ninjarafal
ninjarafal Month ago
Fake news
Espakuz •
Espakuz • 5 days ago
ninjarafal why? I know 17 people who are infected and 6 of them have severe symptoms and out of those 6 only 4 are family friends which is a whole family infected! Why can’t you take things serious? You only care about your rights but don’t care about your health!
ACW
ACW Month ago
I keep returning to this. What happened to Tim McLane ?
Max Strand
Max Strand Month ago
I see so many people handling their masks,grabbing it with the whole hands..you are gonna transfer any particles on the outside of the mask to your hands,please don't do that.
ChloeGotLB40
ChloeGotLB40 Month ago
What I don't see in this video is that people in China weren't forced to stay 6' away from one another. In fact, they were standing shoulder to shoulder, some without masks.
Anne Shields
Anne Shields Month ago
Back in early January or late December I was in hospital due to a leg injury and I heard about the virus on the ward TV and I said omg imagine if that came here what would happen and the nurse said oh no don’t worry hun it’s in China nothing to worry about well now the virus is in that hospital it’s terrifying I’m home and well now but I’m worried sick about my family and friends and my Chinese friend who hasn't been to China since 03 she’s being bullied now
Anne Shields
Anne Shields Month ago
They should ban these horrible wet markets for good apps it’s animal cruelty
V.
V. Month ago
President Trump was right!
Majin Boo
Majin Boo Month ago
so i guess animals are laughing now eh ?
Pete Buck
Pete Buck Month ago
Did the Aussie get out?
Into The Divine
Into The Divine Month ago
Close all borders to and from China indefinitely, no visitors allowed ever.
Kenneth J
Kenneth J Month ago
china really made the situation worse, the whole world is infect because of the lack of action
Mic Viz
Mic Viz Month ago
Why is it that previous pandemics ALSO came from Wuhan... Where a LEVEL 4 Virus research Lab is??? coincidence? 3-There's a LEVEL 4 LAb research in Wuhan that does research on coronaVirus that was outsourced by Dr. Fauci in 2014-15 with a 2.7 Million grant, when he could not get the research done in the USA anymore when the DHS stopped this research in the US.... because of the moratorium on this type of Virus research in the USA. Humm what's up with that? 4- in 2017, Fauci said on the record .... "DURING THIS ADMINISTRATION... THERE WILL BE A SURPRISED OUTBREAK".... what the heck is that? How could he predict the future that within the 4 years of Trump, there will be a surprised outbreak? humm it smells really bad for Fauci here.... I hope the truth is found and NOT supressed to protect Fauci...
Mic Viz
Mic Viz Month ago
in 2017, Fauci said on the record .... "DURING THIS ADMINISTRATION... THERE WILL BE A SURPRISED OUTBREAK".... what the heck is that? How could he predict the future that within the 4 years of Trump, there will be a surprised outbreak? humm it smells really bad for Fauci here.... I hope the truth is found and NOT supressed to protect Fauci...
Dan Reinhard
Dan Reinhard Month ago
I wonder how many people the CCP government in China has gotten rid of using this virus as cover ?
Karen Louks
Karen Louks Month ago
I would like to know why they were working in such a deadly virus no reason for it none it must be a takeover move at all
newan asimos
newan asimos Month ago
Just in three months it killed 200000 people . OmG
Jon Yo
Jon Yo Month ago
the state of Colorado has 12968 cases and 672 deaths. Singapore has 12693 cases and 12 deaths. How can we explain this difference in total deaths? Either Singapore has much better healthcare or the climate makes the disease less severe. Singapore doesn't drop below 80 degrees or 50% humidity.
Pos Bus
Pos Bus Month ago
Apparently according to the WHO it may be possible that people who had the virus can get it again. They are not sure. So what now? There are two choices. One is to lock up everyone for the rest of eternity and let them die of hunger, because someone will always have the virus. The other choice is to let everybody out, strengthens their immune systems and let life return to normal. It is also reported than thousands had the virus without even showing symptoms. Billions of people are being locked up for the fear that a few will die. The choice is either all die (except for the politicians) of hunger, or a few die of the disease.
Pos Bus
Pos Bus Month ago
Apparently according to the WHO it may be possible that people who had the virus can get it again. They are not sure. So what now? There are two choices. One is to lock up everyone for the rest of eternity and let them die of hunger, because someone will always have the virus. The other choice is to let everybody out, strengthens their immune systems and let life return to normal. It is also reported than thousands had the virus without even showing symptoms. Billions of people are being locked up for the fear that a few will die. The choice is either all die (except for the politicians) of hunger, or a few die of the disease.
Pos Bus
Pos Bus Month ago
Apparently according to the WHO it may be possible that people who had the virus can get it again. They are not sure. So what now? There are two choices. One is to lock up everyone for the rest of eternity and let them die of hunger, because someone will always have the virus. The other choice is to let everybody out, strengthens their immune systems and let life return to normal. It is also reported than thousands had the virus without even showing symptoms. Billions of people are being locked up for the fear that a few will die. The choice is either all die (except for the politicians) of hunger, or a few die of the disease.
Dee B.
Dee B. Month ago
Holy Tim's experience was so scary! Especially with a hospital nearby and neighborhood getting sick 😷😷😷
Ernesto D
Ernesto D Month ago
“Things do not happen. Things are made to happen” -John F. Kennedy
Patricia Morgan
Patricia Morgan 14 days ago
Oh how true! He lost his life because he knew too much! The government was corrupt even then!
Karenmjn. nnkkolMazzone
@Sven Bertilsson no0olp
Sven Bertilsson
Sven Bertilsson 17 days ago
So true this is a Plandemic!
Vanessa Noto
Vanessa Noto Month ago
Now we get tons of deaths in China and here in the United States Michigan now being the worst
Vanessa Noto
Vanessa Noto Month ago
The people who told doctors to shut up and not say anything need to be imprisoned
saharariver
saharariver Month ago
You mean the government
Kaiden Hall
Kaiden Hall Month ago
Poor ferrets
Kaiden Hall
Kaiden Hall Month ago
Obviously the disease research facility right next to the food market caused this to happen! Wake up people
Kaiden Hall
Kaiden Hall Month ago
Thank God we have RUvid to show us the real news
suzanne thomas
suzanne thomas Month ago
BAN WET MARKETS - THE WHOLE WORLD IS SUFFERING
Tara Mullins
Tara Mullins Month ago
regardless of where it came from or who's getting it or who's giving it. I do see that there are quite a few doctors and nurses that are dying from it. I just hope that we have doctors and nurses when this is over
Sandra Palumbo
Sandra Palumbo Month ago
M
Jidda Lid
Jidda Lid Month ago
Police man had a torn hazmat 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣🌅🤣🌅🌅🌅 sunrises in the east but it sets in the west🌅🌅☀️☀️🌅☀️
Charles Householder
How many epidemics does China got a release before the world takes takes action money's not enough embargo everythingabout their investments American who has money in China better get it out before the banks go broke
P Omis
P Omis Month ago
Stop promoting fake news
AD D
AD D Month ago
is this reporter still alive now?
Ho Joe
Ho Joe Month ago
Were all gonna die
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