A bizarre series of videos taken from inside a coronavirus quarantine centre have made waves on social media, racking up hundreds of views.
More than 140 Russians were evacuated from Wuhan, the epicentre of China’s deadly coronavirus outbreak, to a small hotel in the outskirts of the city of Tyumen in Siberia.
The evacuees – who are closely monitored because they might be infectious – have been sharing updates on their situation on Instagram while angry locals have responded with “hate and panic”.
In one video, a man reveals the view of snow-sprinkled fir trees from his balcony.
Meanwhile, someone showed-off his tasty-looking dinner – with a rich stew, salad, bread and a giant jammy dodger-style biscuit.
In another strange twist, a blonde Russian woman was seen “modelling” the bulky striped pyjamas handed out by officials, who had confiscated all the evacuees' clothes for disinfection.
“I’m making a style from pyjamas for prisoners (in quarantine),” she joked.
Nadezhda, another woman evacuated from Wuhan wrote on social media: “Now we are going to sit in quarantine for two weeks without leaving our rooms."
She added: “I don’t understand where all the hate and panic comes from. I feel like the holy inquisition is waiting for us at night.”
Pavel Lichman, a male model, filmed himself exercising on a mat and said: “My health is in order, thanks to my workout.”
“We’re in a guesthouse about 30km from Tyumen,” Pavel explained to the Guardian.
He added: “The quarantine is pretty hands-off and easy. The only thing is that we’re not allowed to come into contact with the people who are in the neighbouring rooms.
“We don’t leave our rooms. They bring us food. Doctors come in to test us: check our temperatures, inspect our throats, and measure the amount of oxygen in our blood.”
The “guests” appear to be sharing dormitory rooms in pairs, so they will not get lonely during their two-week stint.
Pavel said: “We’re going to do sport. I’m going to have a blog on TikTok, read books, watch TV shows, answer questions for journalists.
“We’ve got dominoes. We’re going to talk, develop ourselves, and look after our health.”
So far, 638 people have died worldwide from coronavirus, with the vast majority in China's Hubei province where the virus was first detected in Wuhan.
Only two deaths have been recorded outside of mainland China, one in Hong Kong and the other in the Philippines.
Tragically, the 34-year-old doctor who first exposed coronavirus– defying the authorities in China – has now been killed by the disease.