CHINA NORMALCY REPORTED
While the U.S. and much of the world are still struggling to contain the coronavirus pandemic, life in many parts of China has in recent weeks become strikingly normal, according to a Monday Briefing by The New York Times.
Cities have relaxed rules on social distancing and mask wearing. Crowds are again filling tourist sites, movie theaters and gyms. “It no longer feels like there is something too frightful or too life-threatening out there,” said Xiong Xiaoyan, who works at a paint manufacturer in the southern province of Guangdong.
But experts warn that China could still face a COVID-19 resurgence, especially as the weather cools and people spend more time indoors. Some people in China are worried that the public is becoming too dismissive of the virus.
On Sunday, China reported no new locally transmitted cases for the seventh consecutive day. The 12 new infections it reported were all imported, bringing China’s total number of reported cases to 84,951, with at least 4,634 deaths from the virus in a population of 1.4 billion people. The Central American nation of Panama, with just over four million people, has reported similar numbers of cases and deaths.
In Wuhan, China, where the outbreak first emerged, the city celebrated with a huge pool party this month.