Frontline Wuhan: The first city struck by COVID-19 learns its lessons

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(Illustration: South China Morning Post/Lau Ka-kuen)

  • Emergency doctor Ai Fen was one of the first in the world to see the effects of the new coronavirus and has just coped with the latest wave.
  • The city’s healthcare system was better prepared this time and handled the rising cases with ease, but there is still room for improvement.

About 10 million residents of Wuhan, where COVID-19 was first reported, endured a 76-day lockdown from January 2020 to contain the virus that causes the disease. Such responses became a key pillar of China’s zero-COVID policy, but another wave of infection hit the city three years later when the authorities pivoted to living with the virus. In the second of a three-part series on the anniversary of the lockdown, Luna Sun talks to a doctor who has battled COVID-19 twice on the frontlines about how well the healthcare system has handled the latest surge.

One of the first doctors to confront the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 said Wuhan’s healthcare system was better prepared for the latest wave of infections, compared to the chaos and disorientation of December 2019, but there is still room for improvement.

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