While Covid-19 is spreading rapidly in Europe and the United States, the situation in China has returned to normal. Just over ten cases of the disease are registered in the country every day, all of which are imported from other countries. There have also been no new victims of Covid-19 recently. The authorities closely monitor who enters China and take extensive security measures if necessary.
“That’s why China has such a low infection rate. Everyone who comes to China has to spend time in solitary confinement at this hotel. There’s no escaping it. I also spent a week at the Shanghai Hotel,” said Philip Kokar, an Asian correspondent.
At the beginning of January, particularly strict restrictions were introduced in the country. For example, Wuhan, where about 11 million people live and where the disease was first diagnosed, was completely isolated from other regions. Thousands of people were tested and quarantined. All public measures were lifted and police patrolled the streets. Raimonds Jaks, who has been living in Shanghai for several years, came to Latvia temporarily with his wife. The wife’s parents, who remained in China, have said they will wait until the situation returns to normal.
“At the time, they also advised better not to go to China because there was nothing to do. Everyone was sitting at home and no one was allowed to go out. Only one person could go out at a time from one family or apartment. There were different rules in different cities, but Shanghai was “It was pretty drastic. I even saw a video on social media where people were just nailed to the door, they weren’t allowed to go outside. It was in quarantine. There was no democratic discussion here,” says Jak.
Life in China began to return to normal only around the middle of summer. Then, one after another, cinemas, cafes and other gathering places opened their doors. Now life in Shanghai is almost like before the pandemic, there are only a few restrictions.
“At the moment, there are places where people are not allowed to go without a mask. Metro, public transport. Taxis are already quite free. The drivers themselves do not wear masks, which may not be so good. But QR codes for special applications work. go inside a public place if you have been in an affected area. This code in the app shows if you have been in an affected area in the last 14 days. These are the only restrictions at the moment. Here economic life is in full swing. You don’t feel any restrictions in everyday life. ” indicates Jacques.
The authorities are especially careful to prevent the virus from re-igniting. For example, if at least one infected person is found in a school or hospital, all those who visit the institution are tested and temporarily isolated. It is monitored by the authorities. The Latvian believes that the spread of the virus has been stopped, both due to strict restrictions and the responsibility of the population.
“People did what they were told to do. People were intimidated, but probably justified. The fear of the disease was very great. And there was no discussion about whether it was dangerous or not. there were doubts, then they were not allowed to just walk without a mask, were not allowed on the street.It is still not allowed to enter the subway without a mask.Here, on the street, people are not in masks, because, it could already be seen in the summer at the beginning on the street everyone was one hundred percent in masks, “says Jaks.
As a result of the pandemic, the biggest changes have taken place in the tourism sector, considering that international travel has now almost completely stopped. As a result of the pandemic, everyone in the service sector is currently working in masks. Otherwise, according to Jacob, life has returned to normal.
A Latvian teaches English in Shanghai and teaches the basics of business at university.
In the Chinese media, virus containment is widely described as a success story. A new study has also been published claiming that Covid-19 initially spread not in China but in Europe and as early as September. Beijing officials also refer to a study published in China.