A Year Since Wuhan

Scene inside a Sam's club during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic in Shenzhen, China by Joshua Fernandez.

On the 23rd of January 2020, Wuhan experienced its first lockdown in the fight to control a novel virus, COVID19, from getting out of control. Although the virus is still thought to have originated from this area, the world was shocked by the brutality of the response and worldwide individuals did not think we would experience anything like this. Now a year on almost every single country in the world has experienced a lockdown or an alternative, and many western countries: UK, USA, and most of Europe are still struggling to control it. Whereas we have seen many success stories come from China, so how exactly did China get from a military-controlled lockdown to an almost completely COVID free state.

Authorities were initially slow to react with the initial reports of the respiratory disorder coming from a wet market in late 2019. However, on the 23rd of January, the city was put on a complete lockdown with over 11 million people now confined to their homes. It also became mandatory to wear a face mask and social distance whilst out for essential purposes. They also managed to put up incredible field hospitals in under 10 days, see the below link to see the timelapse.


These methods became routine method throughout the other cities in China as they had further outbreaks in cities like Beijing and Shanghai. The entry into China including the airports, country borders and ports were managed by a restricted entry and tight quarantine. Information was still kept strictly controlled and the world was not warned about the impending danger. A few doctors working on the front line tried to be whistle blowers and warn the world, the most famous of these was Dr Li Wenliang who himself died from the virus only a few weeks later.

A year on and life in the city appears to have returned to normal. China has had just under 100,000 recorded infections, with only around 4,800 deaths linked to Covid-19. By the looks of the graph the initial lockdowns worked and no second wave is coming. However the chinese data does not include any infections of those which include asymptomatic cases and thus some have raised doubts about the reliability.

Chinese companies Sinovac and Sinopharm have got domestic emergency approvals for their vaccines in the middle 2020 and began giving them to employees, front line workers and paying members of the public. Read more about this below:


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Zoe Brightmore

Zoe is a volunteer of PPE4People. A recent BSc neuroscience graduate with experience in scientific writing and two new kittens.