Turkish citizens living in central China, the epicenter the coronavirus outbreak, are on tenterhooks.

The Wuhan city of Hubei province has been particularly hit hard with hundreds of cases of the mystery virus reported. Authorities are trying to curb its spread with a transport lockdown in place since Thursday.

As panic spreads in the city of 11 million people, residents flocked to the market to stockpile essentials as they fear they will become prisoners in their own homes in the days to come.

“We tried to buy as much water as we could from the markets,” said Burcu Oner,

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