Sensemaker Live: why did Covid kill so few people in China?

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Official figures show that fewer than 5,000 people overall have died of Covid in China, following the discovery of the virus in the city of Wuhan. The vast majority of those deaths happened in the first 3 months of 2020, in Wuhan itself. In a country of 1.4bn people, it is an almost unbelievable statistic. The speed of China’s response has been widely acknowledged as a key factor in its ability to control the pandemic quickly, along with Chinese people’s memory of SARS and the relationship between the Chinese general public and the Chinese authorities. How did the country with the least time to prepare for it manage to control the virus the best? And what can the world learn from the Chinese experience for future pandemics?

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editor and invited experts

Liz Moseley
Members’ Editor

Andy Mok
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for China and Globalisation

Yaqiu Wang
China Researcher, Human Rights Watch and columnist for MSNBC