This photo says it all: medical teams from across China heading to Wuhan

The quarantine of Wuhan is clearly working, since the coronavirus has largely been restricted to the city – to the great praise of the World Health Organisation. But this photo says it all, as a team of medical specialists from Shandong take an oath before heading to Wuhan to relieve the weary specialists already working there.

The China Model: Recovery rate from coronavirus now more than 3 times the death rate

It may be too soon to assess whether the ‘inflexion point’ has been reached with the coronavirus (influenza) outbreak in China, but the current figures are promising.

The most obvious figure – as reported by Xinhua News – is that as of today (9 February), recoveries stand at 2.649, while deaths at 811. Only a few days ago, the numbers were about even, then the recoveries doubled and trebled the death rate. Now the recovery rate is even higher. In terms of percentages, the death rate has dropped to below 2 percent.

Further, the rate of infection is dropping. For a while, there were 3000-4000 new cases a day, but now they are down to the mid-2000s. And – most importantly – the lockdown in Wuhan seems to be working, with relatively few infections in other parts of China and the rest of the world.

As I have already pointed out (following the World Health Organisation), China is providing a new model for dealing with an epidemic.

Come to think of it, they have already done so with terrorism: Xinjiang has not had an incident of terrorism for more than 3 years. They call these examples the ‘China Model’. If you want, you can see what they are doing and seek to follow the model.

What country leads the world in science and innovation?

You have probably guessed already: last year (2019) China lodged 1.54 million patent applications at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (see here). Staggeringly, this is about equal to the rest of the world put together.

By comparison, the United States dropped to 597,141, followed by Japan (313,567) and South Korea (209,992).

Simply put, China is now the world’s major scientific and innovation centre (see here).

This leap by China is in some respects a realisation of Deng Xiaoping’s dream: that the socialist system in China would one day prove to be superior to capitalist systems elsewhere.

Wish I was in China now: Leishenshan (Thunder-god Mountain) hospital completed in 12 days

Unfortunately, I am not in China as I write. I am in Australia, which is fast becoming a small-minded and fearful country once again. I remind myself constantly that the vast majority of countries in the world have expressed solidarity with China in light of the coronavirus outbreak, and that many of them have sent much-needed medical supplies. At the same time, China is – as acknowledged by the World Health Organisation, among others – setting a new global standard for dealing with an epidemic. The world is changing fast, almost as fast as the second (click here for the first) specialist hospital built in Wuhan. Called Leishenshan (Thunder-god Mountain) hospital, it was completed in 12 days and will cater for 1500 acute patients. The secret: China’s socialist system.

Here is a time-lapse video:


Huoshenshan (Fire God Mountain) Hospital completed today, ahead of schedule

Never let a crisis go to waste: the Chinese are clearly making the most of the coronavirus (flu) outbreak to show the world what they can do these days. Earlier, I have noted that they call this ‘Chinese speed’. About 80 years ago, Stalin called it ‘Bolshevik tempo’. Only a socialist system can do this.

Below are two time-lapse videos, tracking the way Huoshenshan (Fire God Mountain) Hospital was built in 9 days – 3 days ahead of schedule. As I write, it is being handed over to the PLA’s medical corps to deal with coronavirus patients in Wuhan. The other hospital – Leishenshan (Thunder God Mountain) – will be ready soon.

Press conference by director of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Increasingly, the China model is cutting through. For example, the influential director-general of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, praised once again the highly efficient response by the Chinese to the coronavirus outbreak.

And here is a summary of his earlier praise at Xinhua News, from which I quote the following:

The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that China deserves the international community’s gratitude and respect for having taken very serious measures to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak and prevent exporting cases overseas.

Addressing journalists at a press conference in Geneva, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus thanked the Chinese government for the extraordinary steps it has taken to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Tedros reiterated that almost 99 percent of cases and all deaths have been within China, with only 68 confirmed cases and no deaths in 15 countries and regions outside China. “For that, China deserves our gratitude and respect … China is implementing very serious measures and we cannot ask for more,” he said.

The WHO chief also thanked China for having identified the pathogen in a short time and shared it immediately, which has led to the rapid development of diagnostic tools.

“China has been completely committed to transparency, both internally and externally, and has agreed to work with other countries that need support,” he reiterated, citing the latest case in Germany which, due to the immediate notification and sharing of information by the Chinese government, was very quickly identified and given medical care.