Live: Busting Western media’s China COVID-19 predictions 回顾此前外媒对中国疫情的推断如何错得离谱

“China’s Chernobyl Moment! The collapse of the Chinese economy! The end to China as we know it! ”

When #COVID19 first hit China, a lot of speculation over China’s measures to fight the virus, its economy, and its politics started spreading too. It seemed that every China analyst suddenly had an apocalypse to predict or a bone to pick, and the coronavirus became their chosen vehicle of attack. Some called the Wuhan lockdown a violation of human rights and the measures to fight the virus “draconian.”

Others predicted the collapse of China’s financial markets, a decoupling in business between China and the world, and an upheaval of the current political system. But flash forward, and the picture is quite different. China has all but eliminated the virus within its borders, it’s coming close to finalizing domestically developed vaccines, the economy is rebounding after a first quarter slump, and Wuhan, China’s original epicenter, just held a massive pool party to celebrate the city’s victory over the virus. A major reality check, so what can we take away from these problematic predictions? What are the lessons for us all?

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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)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

5 Recent Items: COVID-19

  • Live: Thousands of white flags unveiled to honour US Covid deaths
  • What the new rules mean for your autumn holiday options
  • White House COVID-19 Response Team and federal public health officials hold a press briefing
  • ‘Very controversial’: Putin votes online from isolation after Covid-19 contact • FRANCE 24
  • France Covid-19 protests: French hospital worker goes on hunger strike amid vaccine controversy
  • In This Story: Lockdown

    During the 2020 Covid-19 epidemic, lockdown has come to mean the practice of attempting to control transmission of the virus by means of restricting people’s movement and activities on a broad scale, usually on a national or state-wide basis.

    3 Recent Items: Lockdown

  • Nigel Farage: I will not obey any more lockdowns
  • School holiday boost for Queensland tourism operators | 7NEWS
  • Victoria Police prepare to shut down Melbourne to stop anti-lockdown protesters | 7NEWS
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