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2020-02-02 11:18:12

This year’s Spring Festival was not a normal holiday. China’s vacation plans were derailed by an outbreak of a novel coronavirus that has killed more than 300 people and infected at least another 10,000 as of Feb. 2. During the past 10 days, the country has entered something resembling a war footing, quarantining entire cities and rushing reinforcements to overstretched and undersupplied hospitals. Here is a selection of images from the heart of the crisis.

Frontline: Wuhan

A medical worker in full protective gear walks through Zhongnan Hospital in Wuhan, Hubei province, Jan. 23, 2020. Zheng Chaoyuan and Wei Jiaming for Sixth Tone

A medical worker in full protective gear walks through Zhongnan Hospital in Wuhan, Hubei province, Jan. 23, 2020. Zheng Chaoyuan and Wei Jiaming for Sixth Tone

A medical worker is on shift at the infectious diseases department at Wuhan Union Hospital in Wuhan, Hubei province, Jan. 23, 2020. Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua

A medical worker is on shift at the infectious diseases department at Wuhan Union Hospital in Wuhan, Hubei province, Jan. 23, 2020. Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua

An aerial view of the construction site for a special hospital for treating novel coronavirus patients in Wuhan, Hubei province, Jan. 24, 2020. The new facility, named Huoshenshan Hospital, is completed on Feb. 2, 2020. Xinhua

An aerial view of the construction site for a special hospital for treating novel coronavirus patients in Wuhan, Hubei province, Jan. 24, 2020. The new facility, named Huoshenshan Hospital, is completed on Feb. 2, 2020. Xinhua

Workers continue the construction of another special new facility, named Leishenshan Hospital, in Wuhan, Hubei province, Jan. 30, 2020. Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua

Workers continue the construction of another special new facility, named Leishenshan Hospital, in Wuhan, Hubei province, Jan. 30, 2020. Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua

A medical worker (left), who is traveling to Wuhan to reinforce the city’s overstretched hospitals, says goodbye to a family member in the northwestern city of Urumqi, Jan. 28, 2020. Wang Fei/Xinhua

A medical worker (left), who is traveling to Wuhan to reinforce the city’s overstretched hospitals, says goodbye to a family member in the northwestern city of Urumqi, Jan. 28, 2020. Wang Fei/Xinhua

Cities on Alert

Passengers arriving in Shanghai wait to pass an infrared thermal imaging scanner, designed to identify those suffering from a fever, at Shanghai Railway Station in Shanghai, Jan. 31, 2020. Yi Chuan for Sixth Tone

Passengers arriving in Shanghai wait to pass an infrared thermal imaging scanner, designed to identify those suffering from a fever, at Shanghai Railway Station in Shanghai, Jan. 31, 2020. Yi Chuan for Sixth Tone

A worker in a protective suit directs passengers at Shanghai Railway Station in Shanghai, Jan. 31, 2020. Yi Chuan for Sixth Tone

A worker in a protective suit directs passengers at Shanghai Railway Station in Shanghai, Jan. 31, 2020. Yi Chuan for Sixth Tone

A flight attendant wearing a face mask assists passengers during a flight from Chongqing to Beijing, Jan. 29, 2020. Jiang Wenjie for Sixth Tone

A flight attendant wearing a face mask assists passengers during a flight from Chongqing to Beijing, Jan. 29, 2020. Jiang Wenjie for Sixth Tone

A security guard tests the body temperature of a passerby in Haikou, Hainan province, Jan. 29, 2020. From “Epidemic Resistance Record,” an online project featuring the work of photographers from several Chinese cities. Courtesy of Shun Zi via 喔图Alltuu

A security guard tests the body temperature of a passerby in Haikou, Hainan province, Jan. 29, 2020. From “Epidemic Resistance Record,” an online project featuring the work of photographers from several Chinese cities. Courtesy of Shun Zi via 喔图Alltuu

A worker sprays disinfectant in the departures hall of Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai, Feb. 1, 2020. Yi Chuan for Sixth Tone

A worker sprays disinfectant in the departures hall of Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai, Feb. 1, 2020. Yi Chuan for Sixth Tone

Passengers wait at a ticket barrier in Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai, Jan. 23, 2020. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Passengers wait at a ticket barrier in Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai, Jan. 23, 2020. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Villages Take Protective Action

A poster bearing the slogan, “Seeing Each Other Is Mutual Slaughter; Going to a Party Is to Seek Your Own End” is displayed in a village near Tianmen, Hubei province, Feb. 1, 2020. Yang Chenhui for Sixth Tone

A poster bearing the slogan, “Seeing Each Other Is Mutual Slaughter; Going to a Party Is to Seek Your Own End” is displayed in a village near Tianmen, Hubei province, Feb. 1, 2020. Yang Chenhui for Sixth Tone

Left: Locals set up a roadblock preventing outsiders from entering in Qixing Village, Wuxuan County, Guangxi province, Jan. 25, 2020. From武宣佰事通 on WeChat. Right: A villager keeps guard next to a roadblock in Zhengjiazhuang Village, Longkou, Shandong province, Jan. 25, 2020. From大众网龙口 on WeChat

Left: Locals set up a roadblock preventing outsiders from entering in Qixing Village, Wuxuan County, Guangxi province, Jan. 25, 2020. From武宣佰事通 on WeChat. Right: A villager keeps guard next to a roadblock in Zhengjiazhuang Village, Longkou, Shandong province, Jan. 25, 2020. From大众网龙口 on WeChat

Families Take Their Own Measures

A couple wear helmets over their face masks on the subway in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, Jan. 29, 2020. Tan Qingju/Southern Metropolis Daily

A couple wear helmets over their face masks on the subway in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, Jan. 29, 2020. Tan Qingju/Southern Metropolis Daily

Tourists wear helmets made from plastic bottles. From @眼科小超人老梁 on Weibo

Tourists wear helmets made from plastic bottles. From @眼科小超人老梁 on Weibo

A woman forces her granddaughter to wear a face mask in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, Jan. 28, 2020. Chen Zhongqiu for Sixth Tone

A woman forces her granddaughter to wear a face mask in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, Jan. 28, 2020. Chen Zhongqiu for Sixth Tone

A tourist wearing a mask walks along the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, Jan. 30, 2020. Chen Zhongqiu for Sixth Tone

A tourist wearing a mask walks along the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, Jan. 30, 2020. Chen Zhongqiu for Sixth Tone

Editors: Dominic Morgan and Qi Ya.