Woman stuck in Blind Date’s house after rapid COVID lockdown in China

Ghosting was not immediately an option for these two.

A woman in Zhengzhou went viral last week when she posted videos to Chinese social media platform WeChat about how she inadvertently got stuck in her blind date’s house during a very sudden lockdown, Shanghai-based outlet The Paper reported. according to Agence France-Presse.

The woman, identified only by her last name, Wang, explained in a social media post that she recently traveled to Zhengzhou for the Lunar New Year, the BBC reports.

“I’m getting old now, my family introduced me to ten games,” Wang told local media, per AFP. “The fifth date wanted to show off his cooking skills and invited me to his house for dinner.”

Unfortunately, during the meal, she discovered that her date’s community had gone into a very sudden and rapid quarantine due to a spate of COVID-19 cases. She told local outlets on Sunday that she had been at her date’s house for four days, according to the BBC.

And for those wondering if this unique situation has become a meet-cute, let’s say you might want to watch a Hallmark movie to get that fix.

One of Wang’s videos found her way to Douyin (China’s domestic version of TikTok), where she expressed her true feelings about the situation.

“Since we don’t know each other that well, it wasn’t convenient for me to live at his house. I felt a little embarrassed,” she says in the video, according to a HuffPost translation.

She also gave more details about her, uh, chemistry with her date to The Paper, per AFP.

“Besides the fact that he’s as dumb as a wooden mannequin, everything else (about him) is pretty good,” Wang said before adding:

“Despite his food being mediocre, he’s still willing to cook, which I think is great.”

A volunteer wearing personal protective equipment sprays disinfectant in a park on Jan. 11 in Zhengzhou, China.

China has a zero COVID-19 policy, meaning rapid lockdowns are routinely imposed in communities when cases of the virus are detected. In late December, the country placed 13 million residents of the northern city of Xi’an on lockdown following a spate of coronavirus cases.

In the past week, more than 150 cases have been reported in Zhengzhou, the Global times newspaper reports. Aside from the very rapid lockdown that Wang experienced, the city also tested 12.6 million residents in six hours in an effort to contain the spread of the virus.

It’s unclear if Wang is still stuck on what is arguably the longest and most awkward first date of her life, as she’s since deleted most of her posts about it from social media.

Wang explained in an online video that she deleted her messages about her never-ending date because they got too much media attention, causing friends and others to try to reach out to her — “and I think it definitely affected his life.” she said, per AFP.

As for Wang, though, it seems she’s enjoyed the social media response.

“Thank you all for your attention,” she said online, per AFP. “I hope the outbreak is over soon and that my single sisters also find a relationship soon.”

In other news, if you feel like deleting Tinder, Bumble, or Hinge right now, we wouldn’t blame you.

John Zhou contributed to reporting.


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