First hand experiences during the COVID-19 crisis (2)

6 April 2020

Yiwen Chen - Gateway Office Shanghai, Universität Bayreuth (China)

While much of the rest of the world is struggling to control the rapid increase in their coronavirus cases, the disease in China is on the decline. At present, there are basically no cases of local infection in most parts of the country, except as a result of the prevention and control of imported cases from abroad. Migrant workers arriving in China will be under quarantine for 14 days. 

Production has resumed in most parts of the country, and business is picking up. The country is trying to push through measures to stimulate consumption. 

Schools across the country began online classes in March until the outbreak is fully contained. The ministry of education has organized the compilation of Guidelines on COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Higher Education Institutes, including basic knowledge related to the new coronavirus, measures for the prevention of the epidemic and control systems in colleges and universities, and the prevention and guidance of teachers and students when returning to school, starting school and during the school year.

Shanghai was once considered a Chinese city especially vulnerable to the new coronavirus, due to its status as a transportation hub and its close economic ties with central China's Hubei Province, epicenter of the deadly outbreak. However, the megacity of 30 million people has done better than most at managing the outbreak. The city's success in preventing new cases from rising exponentially was also attributed to the multipronged measures taken by the government and the strong discipline shown by the people. Nonetheless, Shanghai still faces challenges as migrant workers return home and businesses reopen. The government of Shanghai downgraded the city's emergency alert level on Monday (March 23) from level 1 to level 2 as the coronavirus spread subsides.

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