How have things in China changed over the last six months?

Kerry Allen

BBC Monitoring, Chinese Media Analyst

Six months since the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a global pandemic, China seems full of confidence that it’s seen the back of the virus.

It has been 26 days since any domestic cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the country, and the government says that people don’t need to take any extra precautions ahead of one of the country’s biggest annual migrations next month: Golden Week. This is an annual week-long holiday that begins on 1 October.

This is the first time Chinese people have been told they can travel safely anywhere in the country. But there is still apprehension, given cases became widespread after Chinese New Year in January – the only other extended period of mass migration.

When the pandemic was announced in March, China – where the outbreak started – was already over its worst. Since then, many Chinese people have been confident that a second wave can be avoided.

In the last six months, there have been around 4,300 confirmed cases of Covid-19 within the country’s 1.4 billion population.

These were in major cities, including Beijing, the city of Dalian in northeastern Liaoning, and Urumqi in northwestern Xinjiang. Local governments introduced swift lockdowns as soon as a single case was detected, and citywide testing for symptomatic and asymptomatic carriers appears to have helped bring these outbreaks under control.


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