This is the moment a grateful Chinese COVID-19 patient kneels in gratitude as he sends off departing health workers who reportedly saved him and all 10 members of his family.
The footage, which has been seen more than 13 million times at the time of writing, was captured on the streets of Ezhou, a city in Central China’s Hubei Province which has been on lockdown for more than two months since 23rd January.
The man, whose name has not been given, was among thousands who lined the streets as front-line medics assisting in the city returned to their native province of Guizhou in south-western China on 20th March.
The Ezhou resident, whose entire family had been diagnosed with COVID-19, can be seen on his knees while he waves a Chinese flag at passing buses.
Cars honk and residents cheer during the send-off, which comes as Ezhou and even coronavirus epicentre Wuhan nearby prepare to lift lockdown measures in two weeks’ time on 8th April.
According to a statement by Ezhou People’s Government, the three of the thankful resident’s family members were in critical condition from COVID-19.
All 11, including him, recovered and were discharged from hospital.
The easing of lockdown measures in Hubei Province also means health workers can return to their families after more than 60 days.
Guizhou Province had sent nine groups of doctors, comprising a total of 1,443 people, to Hubei since 27th January.
Among them 862 were stationed in Ezhou, reports said.
All medics returning from Hubei will undergo two weeks of mandatory self-quarantine.
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