Conditions in Wuhan, the birthplace of the Chinese coronavirus have worsened to the point where official propaganda source the Global Times couldn’t hide the current outbreak’s “bombshell” devastation on Wednesday. It cited deserted streets, locals stockpiling food, and citywide lockdown measures.

A countrywide outbreak of CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus (Coronavirus) is now taking place in China. In late July, Beijing announced its first confirmed cases since January, with two positive cases in a couple who had gone to a viral hot spot. China has long been suspected of underreporting cases in order to downplay the severity of epidemics.

The CCP response, on the other hand, reveals a more serious scenario, as it has closed off nearly all transit into and out of the national capital in an attempt to contain the virus’s spread.

The Times said that Wuhan was not “making a mountain out of [a] molehill” by responding so forcefully after only seven instances of the CCP virus had been discovered. The city quickly abolished offline education and halved tourist capacity at major tourist attractions.

The local health officials were also swamped after the news, according to the outlet, as locals and visitors flocked to local facilities to see whether they had come into touch with verified cases.

On Monday, the city’s 11 million residents were subjected to mandatory testing. According to the New York Times, health officials found nine more cases on Wednesday, which were ascribed to the Delta varient of the coronavirus, which originated in India.

The city said on Wednesday that it had allocated 31,300 isolation rooms for the next three days, with another 9,000 on the way. It also placed 56 areas and 11 construction sites affected by the epidemic under lockdown.

The Global Times spoke with locals, who did little to alleviate the situation. Luo Ning, a Wuhan resident, told the outlet she applied to work from home since it is “better not go around now, it’s dangerous outside,” before contrasting the public response to the original epidemic, which saw Chinese officials weld doors shut to keep inhabitants inside their houses.

She said, “The look of the city, suddenly so empty, threw me back to the first days of coronavirus.”

Another local resident profiled by the publication, Chen Jingyuan, downplayed the pandemonium but said Wuhanese were bracing for the worst.

“People started to stockpile food, disinfectant and masks, but in an orderly fashion. Nobody was snatching stuff or anything,” Chen explained.

“The seemingly hilarious panic of Wuhan people should not be chided at or mocked,” a third resident solemnly advised, claiming that Wuhan’s experience with the first outbreak made people take it more seriously.

He went on to say that Wuhan has “experienced the most helpless and darkest times” of any city.

In December of this year, Wuhan became the first city in China to report instances of the Chinese coronavirus. The Chinese Communist Party gave no public indication that the situation had piqued the interest of the highest echelons of authority, and ruler Xi Jinping remained silent on the issue. Xi departed the nation in January 2020 for a diplomatic trip to Myanmar.

As the crisis in Wuhan became international news, Chinese official media, including the Times, worked diligently to conceal Xi’s seeming indifference to the outbreak and Chinese residents’ suffering, claiming at the time that “Xi personally commands the people’s war against the epidemic. He has been paying constant attention to the epidemic prevention and control work and made oral or written instructions every day.”

Xi did not visit the city until March 2020, when he announced that the epidemic “has basically been curbed.” Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, on the other hand, was in Wuhan less than a week after the epidemic was officially declared.

Wuhan has been utilized as a staging ground by Chinese communist officials in their attempts to declare victory against the coronavirus. Thousands of people flocked to the city for New Year’s Eve celebrations, as Chinese state media dismissed fears that the large throng might spark an epidemic.

The CCP, however, held a huge celebration of its purportedly effective coronavirus operations in Wuhan during the outbreak that followed that conference.

Despite those two disasters, the city hosted big events again in June of this year, allowing Central China Normal University to perform a graduation ceremony for 11,000 students without masks or social distance.