Life in China Appears ‘Back to Normal’

It’s been almost a year since the first reported case of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China. Many countries are still grappling to slow the spread of the virus, but life in China seems to have returned back to normal, pre-pandemic.

Xi’an resident XuWen Zheng says everything is back to normal.

Xi’an, Shaanxi, China on Google Maps

“You can see the restaurant industry is back to normal when you go to those stores. Especially during vacation, the National Day, and Mid-Autumn, there were a lot of people in the mall and other public spaces” she said.

Xi’an looks very similar to how it did pre-pandemic. Hundreds of people were seen touring at one of the biggest art museums and only some of them are wearing a mask. On public transportation, people are still urged to wear a mask in order to protect others.

“Wearing a mask in public space is the rule that we all have to follow, and we all need to maintain this order,” said Zheng. 

Travelers can be seen wearing masks but walking shoulders to shoulders at train and subway stations.

Almost everywhere residents go, they have to scan a heath QR code. This allows the Chinese government to track the spread of COVID-19.

This app determines one’s health by the color of the screen. Green means one is safe to travel, yellow and red means one should stay home and quarantine. 

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