This footage shows a Chinese man wearing a full set of armour while wielding a long blade on horseback as he guards the entrance to his village which has been put on lockdown amid the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.
The unnamed resident of an as yet unnamed village reportedly took it upon himself to enforce the Chinese government’s lock down measures in order to curb the mysterious pneumonia-like virus.
Video circulating on social media shows the devoted villager having put on a full set of armour while positioning himself and his trusty steed in the middle of the road.
Video Credit: AsiaWire
He points at a stopped car with his guandao – a Chinese weapon made from a thick blade attached to a wooden pole – and faces off with the motorist who is reportedly trying to enter his village during the lock down period.
The helmet-wearing village warrior, who is not alone in manning the checkpoint leading in and out of the area, was apparently ready to gallop after the vehicle had the driver tried to force their way through.
Disease prevention efforts have been stepped up and tensions towards possible coronavirus hosts are rising as the death toll from the respiratory disease rises to at least 490 in mainland China and 492 worldwide.
More than 24,300 are confirmed to have been infected by the new strain of coronavirus, which is thought to have begun at a so-called ‘wet market’ in Wuhan, capital of Central China’s Hubei Province.
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