Is it too early to lift the lockdown on Wuhan? | Inside Story

Much of the world is now imposing strict lockdowns to stop the spread of coronavirus.
But the Chinese city where the pandemic began is easing restrictions, after a sharp fall in new cases.
11 million people in Wuhan are now allowed to leave the city for the first time since late January.
Health officials are keeping a close watch to avoid a second wave of infections.
China’s government is hailing this as a milestone in the global fight against COVID-19.
But questions have been raised about whether Beijing has been under-reporting its number of infections and deaths.
So, what are the lessons for the rest of the world?

Presenter: Bernard Smith


Dr. Arisina Ma – President of the Hong Kong Public Doctors’ Association.

Dr. Muhammad Munir – Lecturer in Virology at Lancaster University, UK.

Dr. Gloria Taliani – Infectious Disease Specialist and Member of the COVID19 Task Force of the Italian Civil Protection System.

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

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