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Thanks to the ongoing pandemic, a woman in China was recently on a date that became extremely awkward.
That's because the 30-year-old woman, only referred to as Wang, was on a blind date when the neighborhood she was in at the time in Zheghzhou instituted a surprise, mandatory lockdown on January 6, according to a report from CNN.
To make matters worse, she learned of the lockdown after finishing the meal and was preparing to head home. "It was fine when I came. Then after the dinner when I was just about to leave, the Zhengzhou COVID situation deteriorated all of a sudden," she said, according to the Australian Broadcasting Company.
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26 million people have been under a strict quarantine since late last month, with residents unable to leave their homes and apartments.Shanghai is home to the country's largest-ever virus outbreak, with 23,000 new local cases reported on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. However, the vast majority of those cases are asymptomatic, with just over 1,000 people experiencing symptoms.
The situation forced her to spend several days in the apartment of someone she did not know well at all.
The woman had been set up on a series of blind dates by her parents after they told her she was "getting quite old." Her parents put together 10 dates for the woman. Wang was on date number five when she was forced to spend more time than she originally planned with the man.
As to how she ended up in his apartment, the woman said her date that evening "wanted to show off his cooking skills and we decided to have dinner at his place."
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Chinese officials have received backlash for the policy as residents have said they've had to go without basic necessities including food. A video captured ahead of the lockdown last month showed residents fighting one another for food and supplies in a store."Local residents in Shanghai seen fighting over groceries as half of its 26 million residents are in lockdown, and other half entering lockdown soon," Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist, wrote on Twitter sharing the video.
Not wanting to have her weird predicament go to waste, she shared her experience with the world. The woman began posting videos to social media documenting the situation.
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In one of her videos, she described him as a "good man, just too few words." In the caption for another video posted to her page, she said that "after speaking less than 10 sentences all day, he does not like me?"
In response to a user's comment on a video, she also touched upon some of the difficulties of living with a man. When asked if she had a makeup bag with her, she said, "I didn't, he was nearsighted. Few words. Don't look at me. I still have long hair, and he doesn't have a hairdryer at home. There is also no conditioner, I wash your hair you don't know how hard it is."
Whether there will be a second date or note remains to be seen but the woman did say, "He talks very little, like a wooden man," she commented.
A video captured Shanghai residents appearing to scream out their windows amid the citywide COVID lockdown and food shortages
Shanghai has been in strict lockdown for weeks. City residents appeared to scream from apartment windows in a online video posted Friday.With the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics just weeks away, China has doubled down on its COVID-zero policy of shutting down entire cities to snuff out even a single coronavirus case.
Despite the man not being the best conversationalist, Wang said she did admire and respect the guy's attempt at making dinner.
It's unclear at this time if the woman remains locked down in the man's apartment.
According to the World Health Organization, in the last 24 hours, China has reported more than 300 COVID-19 cases. In total, the world's most populous country has had more than 135,000 COVID-19 cases and nearly 5,700 deaths since January 3, 2020.
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Dozens of COVID Deaths Unreported in China's Shanghai Lockdown: Report .
Shanghai has an official COVID death toll of seven, the last of which was recorded more than two years ago. The BBC this week said at least 27 unvaccinated patients at a single hospital had their cause of death listed as "underlying health problems," according to official documents. It spoke to hospital staff and saw correspondence sent to relatives of the deceased throughout the current COVID outbreak, said its report on Saturday.