Chinese London resident trapped in Wuhan during Covid outbreak says China controlled virus as ‘people are m – The Sun
A LONDON resident who was trapped in Wuhan during the coronavirus outbreak said China was able to control the virus because people there “are more obedient”.
Xi Lu, 31, was stuck in Wuhan for 141 days after leaving his London home in January to visit his family abroad.
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Xi Lu visited Wuhan in January and was stuck there for 141 daysCredit: PA:Press Association
The city soon went into one of the world’s first, and strictest lockdownsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
By comparison, Londoners filled the streets of Soho last night – despite strict new Tier 2 restrictionsCredit: Jamie Lorriman
The city was then sealed off from the rest of China in one of the world’s first, and strictest lockdowns, where people were discouraged from leaving their homes except for when buying groceries and face masks were mandatory.
During the 76 days of the strict lockdown, Mr Lu only went outside occasionally to collect deliveries from the entrance to his residential area.
And he said there was a significant cultural difference, with Chinese citizens more likely to follow the rules mandated by their government.
He said: “In China if there is a rule, we follow the rule. If we see somebody not following the rules, we don’t need to punish them, we need to make sure they are aware of their violations against the rules.
“Most of the Chinese people, in particular the younger generation, they have had more than 15 years of obligatory education. So most of the younger generation, they believe in the science. They just follow whatever the scientists say.
In China if there is a rule, we follow the rule. If we see somebody not following the rules, we don’t need to punish them, we need to make sure they are aware of their violations against the rules.
“Wear the mask? We wear the mask. And we tell our parents and grandparents to wear the mask.
“We wouldn’t say ‘let’s take the mask off because I can’t breathe right’, because we know this virus is there.”
Chinese people were also more likely to report their neighbours for violating the rules, something Mr Lu said he did himself during lockdown.
His comments came as Brits in Tier 2 lockdown regions packed out city centre pubs and bars last night – despite new rules prohibiting households mixing indoors.
Revellers filled the streets of Leeds, London, Manchester and Birmingham, where nightspots remain open, but strict laws are in operation.
Mr Lu, who has lived in London for seven years, said he respected those who said lockdown restrictions were an impact on their freedom, but that freedom is relative.
He said: “We do ask for freedom, but our freedom does not get in the way of others’ freedom.
“If we do that, we are kind of stealing two months of freedom, by going out to the bar with friends.
“If there is no one left, there are no human rights.”
Since the start of the outbreak, China as a whole has recorded 90,955 coronavirus cases and 4,739 deaths from the bug.
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The figures are significantly smaller than the UK’s, where 43,579 people have died and 705,428 have tested positive.
Lockdown measures have now largely lifted in Wuhan and at the start of October, more than 18 million tourists flocked to the city for China’s Golden Week.
Despite the mass movement of people, the country has not reported another large outbreak of Covid cases.
Xi Lu pictured with his wife, who stayed in London as he visited his family in China earlier this yearCredit: PA:Press Association
A worker sprays disinfectant at Wuhan Railway Station in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei provinceCredit: AFP or licensors
Police monitor people seated outside bars and restaurants in Soho, LondonCredit: PA:Press Association
London went into the second tier at midnight on Friday night – but yesterday, thousands congregated on the streets of Soho after the 10pm curfewCredit: Jamie Lorriman
Revellers in Leeds, which could be faced with Tier 3 rules – meaning pubs and bars would close, unless they serve food
After the curfew, many queued for more drinks to continue the party at home
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