Many marvelled when China was able to build 16 temporary hospitals in Wuhan in record time, but few are aware that all 16 were closed by 10 March after serving their purpose.
The temporary hospitals, which received 13,000 patients, were built using minimum social resources and simple venues to expand treatment and admit more patients quickly. (I am not sure if the 16 hospitals includes the two rapidly constructed hospitals widely reported in the media.)
The closure of the hospitals in Wuhan, at the epicentre of the virus outbreak in China, reflects the nation’s success in containing somewhat the rapid spread of the disease. All this without any Covid-19 vaccine (which Trump is allegedly suddenly interested in)! $$$
The total coronavirus cases in China has reached a plateau of just over 80,000, with the latest number of new daily cases at only 22 in a population of 1.4 billion.
How was China able to do it? A Nanjing-based Japanese film director, Takeuchi Ryo, has produced a video (above) that gives the world a glimpse into Nanjing’s extraordinary and meticulous virus prevention measures. According to official statistics announced by Nanjing city, the number of people infected by coronavirus has gone from 93 to zero as of 8 March 2020, he said.
“We are not trying to say that all countries around the world should do exactly what Nanjing did to keep the virus from spreading. We merely want to offer some reference to those who are in need, with the hope that this video could inspire you to come up with measures that are suitable to your country,” he said on YouTube.
Takeuchi’s video has gone viral in Japan and China. Why aren’t we aware of some of these stringent measures?
Check out this Salon article about the Wuhan experience: “Here’s what Chinese doctors learned about prevention and detection of COVID-19”