Australian media praises 'extraordinary mobilization' of Qingdao against COVID-19
On a report focused on the fight against COVID-19 in east China's Qingdao City, The Australian praised the "extraordinary mobilization of national resources" to manage the outbreak in the city.
"Chinese officials have significantly refined their approach to stifling the coronavirus" since the outbreak in Wuhan, said the paper.
Qingdao authorities performed more than 8.8 million tests in less than a week to stop a small cluster to grow into large scale. The Chinese city has a population roughly twice that of Melbourne, which is still in the fourth month of its second lockdown.
In June, the pandemic spread through the outer suburbs of Melbourne. And now the city is still in its second lockdown. More than 20,000 cases have been found in Victoria.
The coastal city adopted measures like testing of more than one million people a day, the deployment of more than 10,000 medical officials, and strict, targeted restrictions on travel using a health code embedded in the ubiquitous social media platform WeChat.
Even though a survey by the Pew Research Center found that majority of people interviewed in countries including Japan, South Korea, and Germany had a negative perception of China's coronavirus handling, China's foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said the country's effective efforts fighting the coronavirus "cannot be denied." The official cited the 700 million people who traveled around China in recent weeks for the National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival holiday.