That same day, Professor Nanshan Zhong (a pulmonologist from southern China and the eventual face of China’s fight against the virus) confirmed in the media that the virus could be spread from human to human and was highly contagious. Three days later, Wuhan City went into lockdown on January 23. To date, China has officially registered more than 82,000 cases of coronavirus and almost 5,000 virus-related deaths (though experts believe actual numbers are much higher).
Now the country is opening up again, though all church buildings remain closed. Almost five months since the first cases were reported in late December, what’s happening in China now—and what can we learn from persecuted believers there and how the church has responded? Our team in China answers our questions—giving us a detailed look inside the country and church life.
What is life like in China after COVID-19?
China has been gradually returning to normal life with restrictions lifting across the country, but citizens are still very wary of a potential second wave of coronavirus cases, particularly in the original epicenter, Wuhan. As the country opens for business again, China has had to be much more vigilant about international visitors and their own nationals returning home with the virus.
To ensure there isn’t a second outbreak at the epicenter, China is now testing all 11 million residents of Wuhan. While a prudent course of action, long lines of residents waiting to be tested show little regard for physical distancing.
Travel restrictions inside China are gradually being lifted. There are still partial lockdowns in some areas, counties and villages, but the situation varies from place to place. In some places, more extensive restrictions are still enforced, such as outsiders not allowed into residential buildings, isolation of 14 days at home when citizens return home from another region, etc.
Local authorities in some cities are encouraging citizens to return to normal life and for businesses to start up again to lessen the effects of an already plunging economy.