If there is one rule in China, we follow this rule: The Chinese resident of London who was trapped in Wuhan during the height of the pandemic says the country was able to control viruses faster than the UK because the People are more obedient
- Ms. Xi Lu, 31, spent 141 days in Wuhan after visiting relatives
- He was reunited with his wife in July when he was finally able to return to London
- Six months ago, Wuhan was under one of the strictest locks in the world
- People could only leave their homes to buy groceries and had to wear masks
- Despite the mass movement of people, China has not reported another outbreak
A Chinese national living in London who was trapped in Wuhan during the peak of the pandemic believes China has gotten a grip on the virus faster because people are more obedient and "follow the rules."
Xi Lu, 31, spent 141 days in Wuhan after being unable to return home after visiting a family in the city.
His wife stayed in the UK when he went abroad in January and he was finally able to return to London in July, where he has lived for seven years.
Xi Lu, who has lived in London for seven years, was trapped in Wuhan during the pandemic
Six months ago, Wuhan was home to one of the world's first and strictest locks.
The city was isolated from the rest of China and people were prevented from leaving their homes with the exception of food and face masks were mandatory.
During the 76 days of strict lockdown, Mr. Lu only went outside to collect supplies from the entrance to his residential area.
Now that the measures have largely been lifted, more than 18 million tourists flocked to the city for China's Golden Week in early October.
Despite the mass movement of people, the country has not reported another major outbreak of Covid cases.
Mr. Lu was finally reunited with his wife after seven months when he returned in July
Mr. Lu told the PA News Agency that there was a significant cultural difference as Chinese citizens were more likely to obey the rules prescribed by their government.
He said, “If there is a rule in China, we follow that rule. When we see someone who does not obey the rules, we do not need to punish them, but rather make sure that they are aware of their violations of the rules.
“Most Chinese, especially the younger generation, have more than 15 years of compulsory education.
“Most of the younger generation believe in science. You just follow what the scientists say.
& # 39; Are you wearing 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 properly" because we know this virus is there.
Despite the mass movement of people in China, Wuhan – pictured here earlier this month – has not registered any new cases since May
Chinese people were more likely to report their neighbors for breaking the rules, which Mr. Lu said he did himself during the lockdown.
He said if people continued to oppose masks and vaccines, there would be a third wave and lockdown in the spring, followed by a fourth next winter.
Mr. Lu said he respected those who said lockdown restrictions affect their freedom: “But freedom is only a relative word to me. We ask for freedom, but our freedom does not stand in the way of the freedom of others.
“If we do that, we'll steal two months of freedom by going to the bar with friends.
"When there is no one left, there are no human rights."