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Brazilian isolated 66 days ago in Wuhan: ‘I stopped checking cases and deaths’

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Brazilian isolated 66 days ago in Wuhan: ‘I stopped checking cases and deaths’

With the decline in new cases of Covid-19 in China, the central government plans to ease the massive quarantine in central Hubei province, the epicenter of the new coronavirus pandemic. The capital, Wuhan, where 28-year-old Brazilian Rodrigo Silva Duarte has been in isolation at his home for 66 days, is yet to be blocked until April 8. An unharmed survivor of the epidemic and quarantine, Duarte said VEJA was calm to face the last two weeks of confinement.

"At first, I was scared and slept badly because Wuhan was the first city to face the epidemic," said the judo teacher, who is isolated with his Chinese girlfriend in his apartment. "But now I try to eat calmly, practice physical exercises at home and take my time to do everything with patience".

Duarte was one of six Brazilians who decided to stay in the capital of Hubei and refuse the ransom offered by Brazilian authorities in early February. An operation organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) removed 34 people from Wuhan and took them to Anápolis (GO), where the group spent 18 days in isolation at Army facilities.

Born in Natal (RN), Duarte admitted that his decision was governed by personal reasons. “At first, nobody knew if they could come back. That's why I bought supplies and prepared myself in the best possible way, ”he said. “It was only after having spent a lot in preparation that the possibility of returning to Brazil arose. It was no longer appropriate to put that preparation aside and return. ”

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More than 45 days after the Brazilian plane left China, the potiguar who has lived in Wuhan for four years claims to have found a way to keep himself protected from the coronavirus and maintain healthy habits for his body and mind during quarantine. "Not leaving the house and having as little contact as possible with other people was essential for me to stay healthy," he said.

But focusing on your psychological side was also crucial to prevent you from going into depression in this situation. "I was able to stay calm most of the time, because I relaxed and did my part to prevent myself, stay clean, without spreading the virus and, of course, inside the house," he says. "I also stopped checking the number of cases and deaths every day in the morning, as soon as I woke up, because it hurt me."

Rodrigo Duarte and his Chinese girlfriend: decision not to leave on the FAB flight taken at the last minute Personal Archive / Reproduction

While China sees its new cases of Covid-19 decrease every day, Brazil reports an increase in contagions. The country currently has 1,891 infected and 34 deaths. Duarte is not unaware of this fact. "At the moment, I am anxious, I confess that I am concerned with Brazil," he said. "I am concerned with the numbers, with our hospital capacity (in Brazil) and, mainly, with people who underestimate or do not know how serious the problem is".

Back to routine

According to a statement issued by the Hubei government, local authorities will end restrictions on traffic from the inside out of the province starting this Wednesday, 25th, except for the capital Wuhan, where departures will still be blocked for another two weeks. .

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Even so, only people who are certified as free from the risk of causing contagion can leave. With 11 million inhabitants, the Wuhan government will end its controls on traffic from 8 April. The city will also begin to stimulate the resumption of business operations.

To be able to circulate, the inhabitants of Hubei will have to show a “green” QR code on their cell phones, a kind of proof that they are not infected.

Just over two months ago, on January 23, China began to surround Wuhan in an attempt to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, initially detected in a city market. Similar measures were extended to the entire province of Hubei that month, while partial quarantines were imposed in much of the rest of the country, affecting hundreds of millions of people.

Chinese officials have begun, in recent weeks, to gradually ease these restrictions, allowing workers to return to their workplaces and encouraging companies to resume operations in an effort to restore regular economic activity.

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China on Tuesday registered 78 new deaths from the coronavirus, but almost exclusively from people who came from abroad. This proves that the epidemic is almost under control, although there is still fear of a new wave of infections.

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