Spain is home to more than 100,000 people from Wenzhou, a coastal city in Zhejiang known for its entrepreneurial spirit. Over 2 million Wenzhou people live outside of Wenzhou, and the a majority of the Chinese ethnic populations of many European countries, including Italy and Spain, are Wenzhou people.
Now Wenzhou is the city suffering the worst from coronavirus outside of Hubei province. Over 400 people in Wenzhou have contracted the virus. And it is under semi-quarantine.
Currently rail lines into Wenzhou are shut down, and people who do come into Wenzhou are made to self-quarantine for two weeks. Wenzhou people who leave the city are put into designated hotels for two weeks upon arrival in new cities. And only one member of each household can go shopping every so often.
With Wenzhou people facing hardship, the Wenzhou overseas network has sprung up. Xinhua reports that Wenzhou people in Spain are organizing to help those in both China and Spain.
The author quotes multiple Wenzhounese Spanish residents donating between 1000 and 2000 Euros (7,600 – 15,300 RMB). Some Wenzhounese who had previously flown to Spain are holed up with family members or friends who are helping take care of them while they “self-quarantine” in Spain.