COVID19 experiences from Suzhou, located in the southeastern Jiangsu Province of East China
China was the first country hit by the Coronavirus. It probably broke out on a market in the City of Wuhan. First it wasn’t that much a problem, but as the number of infections and deaths spread out and reached the Region of Jiangsu (and other Provinces), right before the Chinese spring festival – the most important national holiday in China – the Chinese government decided to lock down the social life in the whole country. Schools and businesses remained closed, just the shops for the necessary need, such as the supermarkets remained open.
China already had experience with other epidemics, so therefore since the beginning the Population was forced to wear masks, when exiting their homes. What we saw is that there has been a huge solidarity with the medical surgeries and a big confidence in the government. The Chinese Spring festival, normally a big get-together with the whole family was cancelled, our family had to celebrate it at home alone, all the shops and schools were closed for 2 weeks. My brother had online school classes. In the beginning of April the country economy was reactivated, shops and schools reopened. First with lots of security actions such a mandatory face mask and lots of tests and disinfection methods.
Ling (26) German Teacher in China