A woman riding the subway in Wuhan covered almost her entire body in a see-through plastic bag and proceeded to polish off a banana. Another passenger captured the snack on camera, sparking debate in China. Some found the behaviour shocking, while others were more sympathetic.
China has strict rules around mask wearing as part of its zero-covid mission. Eating and drinking on the subway was banned in 2019 – before the covid pandemic.
The footage was captured by a fellow passenger called Wang, who said he thought the woman’s actions seemed a bit over the top
South China Morning Post quoted him as saying: “There are sporadic coronavirus outbreaks across Wuhan, but in my opinion, it is a bit extreme for this woman to protect herself like this.”
Wuhan, the Chinese city where coronavirus was first detected, was locked down again at the end of October, after reporting 20 to 25 new daily infections.
More than 800,000 people in one district were told to stay at home until 30 October. The video of the woman on the subway was taken on October 31.
Most passengers on the train seemed not to pay much attention to the woman. One woman beside her was focused on playing with her phone, while a man nearby appeared to be napping.
The video was one of the most viewed clips on Chinese social media, according to South China Morning Post.
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The Wuhan-based news outlet Jimu News said: “She has not brought any negative impact to others in the public space.
“The public should show more tolerance to this behaviour and let other passengers who act similarly feel the society’s warmth.”
In the early days of the pandemic, people were spotted taking extreme measures while travelling to avoid the virus.
Hazmat suits were not an uncommon site on planes. In a viral video, a toddler was seen in an astronaut-styled suit in an airport.