There are now significantly more new cases of coronavirus outside China than inside. On 18 March 2020, China reported no new domestic Covid19 cases for the first first time. Just a week before, that figure was in the thousands.
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While the authorities have been criticised for their initial slow response to the outbreak, allowing it to spread quickly, since January they have taken unprecedented action to clamp down on the spread of the virus. Whole cities have been put into quarantine and travel restrictions have been imposed on millions of people. New hospitals have been built with lightning speed and huge amounts of money has been spent on testing kits and other technology to fight Covid-19.
China has been accused of infringing civil liberties in its fight against Coronavirus but it has also been praised for the extreme public health measures it has taken. So what did the Chinese actually do and can it be replicated elsewhere?
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This radio programme was first broadcast on 16 March 2020: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csythh
Presenter: Tanya Beckett
Producer: John Murphy
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