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Stamford woman leaves Beijing, China after Coronavirus outbreak




A Stamford woman has fled China after a message from her mum warned her of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Emily Bilsby, was on a flight to Beijing on Friday last week when she became aware of the deadly bug.

Due to China’s restrictions on internet use Emily had previously downloaded an app which gave her remote access to the internet so that she could stay in touch with her family.

Emily Bilsby spending time with her friends in Beijing
Emily Bilsby spending time with her friends in Beijing

This gave her access to a message from her worried mum - 10 hours into the 12 hour flight - urging her to leave the country straight away.

Emily, 22, said: “Hearing the severity of it I decided myself to leave.”

Arriving at the airport she was forced to wear a face mask and undergo full-body health scans.

Emily Bilsby wearing a face mask
Emily Bilsby wearing a face mask

She had originally planned to spend about three weeks in the capital but left on Sunday after spending one full day in the city.

Emily said: “It was really scary, knowing I could catch the virus at any time, and not knowing who could have it and who hasn't.

“Knowing the consequences of the virus made it scarier. It was pretty terrifying.”

During her short-lived trip, Emily stayed at a friend's house where they had planned to celebrate Chinese New Year, but all events were cancelled.

Emily spending time with her friend's family in China
Emily spending time with her friend's family in China

Most of the city’s attractions - including the zoo, parks and museums - were also closed.

Emily made the decision to leave the city and immediately booked a flight out of the country to Thailand.

She said: “It was really scary. The worst bit was being sat on the plane out of the country and it wouldn’t take off until every person had their temperature checked.

Emily Bilsby in Beijing, China
Emily Bilsby in Beijing, China

“Those who had higher than 37C were put in quarantine. “I was trying not to think about it,” added Emily.

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