Boy, six, guards his grandfather’s corpse at their Hubei home alone after watching the bed-bound pensioner die during coronavirus lockdown
The man was found dead on Monday by community workers in Shiyan, HebeiHis grandson remained at home after the elderly man told him ‘not to go out’Officials have denied allegations that the man had died several days earlier The city has been under lockdown for over a month to curb the virus outbreakThe coronavirus has killed at least 2,771 people and infected more than 81,400
The picture reportedly shows the boy wearing protective gears after the incident
A six-year-old boy has been guarding his grandfather’s dead body alone at home after watching the elderly man die during the coronavirus lockdown.
The pensioner, known by his surname Tan, was discovered dead on Monday by a group of local community volunteers in Shiyan, Hubei Province of central China.
The young child remained at home after the elderly man told him ‘not to go out’, according to Chinese media.
‘Grandpa said there is a virus outside,’ the boy reportedly told the volunteers when he opened the door for them.
The city has been under lockdown for over a month to curb the outbreak.
The Zhangwan district, where the boy and his grandfather live, has imposed self-isolation measures. No one is allowed to enter or leave their homes.
Daily essentials including food and medicine for the residents have been delivered regularly by the community staff, according to a statement released by the city’s government.
The community workers were checking on the residents when they found the boy with the corpse of his deceased grandfather.
One of the volunteers told Chinese outlet The Paper that the boy’s parents are migrant workers and his grandparents had been looking after him since he was very young.
The picture shows a medic working in a hospital in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus
Cities around China have imposed quarantine measures in an effort to curb the outbreak. Villagers are pictured wearing masks and guarding at a checkpoint in rural Beijing, China