Russians quarantined in Siberia over the coronavirus are livestreaming their workouts, posting photos of their dinner, and modeling 'prisoner clothes'

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  • More than 140 people are being quarantined in a forest in the remote Russian region of Siberia for two weeks after being evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The evacuees are documenting their experience in confinement on social media, holding live Q&A sessions, giving video tours of their rooms, and modeling their "prisoner pajamas," according to The Guardian.
  • Reports from those inside the facility are contradicting official Russian information that no one at the medical facility where the people are being held had shown signs of the virus.
  • One woman reportedly said she witnessed an evacuee taken away by doctors because she had a slight temperature.
  • "We're going to do sport. I'm going to have a blog on TikTok, read books, watch TV shows, answer questions from journalists," one Russian told the paper when asked what his plans were for the next two weeks.
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More than 140 people who have been quarantined in the remote Russian region of Siberia after being evacuated from Wuhan, the Chinese city where the coronavirus outbreak started, are capturing their confinement in a medical facility on social media.

The evacuees, who have been ordered by Russia's National Guard to not leave their rooms for two weeks, are using Instagram and TikTok to blog their time in quarantine, holding live Q&A sessions, giving video tours of their bedrooms, and filming their workout routines, according to The Guardian.

One young woman posted pictures of herself posing on her balcony in the green-and-white robes issued to everyone in the medical facility, writing: "I'm making a style from pajamas for prisoners (in the quarantine zone)."

The Russian evacuees are being kept in a facility usually reserved for convalescents, which is in a forest about 30 kilometers, or 18 miles, from Tyumen, a city in western Siberia.

The first group was brought in via a military airplane from Wuhan on Wednesday, according to Reuters. One woman told The Guardian that when they arrived at the facility they were told to give up their clothing for disinfection and had their luggage taken off them.

Pavel Lichman, a model who has been posting comedy videos of the experience on TikTok, told The Guardian: "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 neighboring 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."

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Doctors have reportedly warned that if the patients leave their rooms, their two-week quarantine has to start from day one again.

Reports from inside the quarantine are contradicting official Russian information that no one at the sanatorium had shown signs of the virus. But one woman reportedly wrote that an evacuee had been taken by doctors on Thursday night after showing a slight temperature.

When asked what he would be doing for the next few weeks, Lichman told The Guardian: "We're going to do sport. I'm going to have a blog on TikTok, read books, watch TV shows, answer questions from journalists. We've got dominoes. We're going to talk, develop ourselves, and look after our health."

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