Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, as Ground Zero for what became the global coronavirus pandemic partly reopened on Saturday (March 28) after more than two months of almost total isolation. The city has paid a heavy price for the outbreak, with more than 50,000 people infected and more COVID-19 deaths than any other city in China. The lockdown in Wuhan has halted the spread of coronavirus, and numbers have fallen dramatically in recent weeks.
Now the travel restriction has been eased, and the first officially sanctioned passenger train arrived back into the city on March 28. Passengers wearing face masks ride a subway train on the first day the city’s subway services resumed. People are now allowed to enter the city but not leave. The fully opening date is still to be announced.
Some shopping malls also reopened to the public, while only limited stores are allowed to open. Cinemas, gyms, bars etc. are still remain closed.
Citizens in Wuhan have been waiting for this for so long.
When Covid-19 outbreaks initially started in China, it has led to some racist attacks on Chinese people (and other Asians) around the world. Recently the spread of Covid-19 is picking up speed in Europe, the United States and other regions, the outbreaks in China seem to be under control. China reported only a few cases every day and most are imported cases (inbound travelers from overseas). Now there are more and more restaurants and stores reopening to the public, but foreigners in China found that they are not allowed to enter some places just because they are not Chinese.
A video online showed this Chinese Australian woman went jogging and breached coronavirus quarantine rules. In this video, she was arguing with a community worker who tried to persuade her to stay at home. She has Australian passport and recently came to Beijing with work permit on Mar.14.
The Woman: I need to go running. I need to work out. If I fall sick, who will take care of me? Will you come?
Community Worker: If you go out again, we have to call the police. You are not supposed to leave home in 14-days self-quarantine, and you even went without mask!
The Woman: I will do whatever, fxck off! Help! Help! Someone is harassing me!
Community Worker: I am working for this community, and it is the rule from local government.
The Woman: Fxck off! (shut the door)
Later on, two police officers showed up at her door, and tell her to comply with quarantine measures.
Police Officer: No matter if you’re Chinese or a foreigner, you have to comply with the law of the People’s Republic of China. You can only go out after 14 days of quarantine. This is to protect yourself and to protect others.
“A viral video in China of a middle-aged woman who sells tofu in a market. She juggles a block of tofu like a football (soccer ball) and performs other tricks, amazing bystanders. In the end, the video reveals itself to be a viral advertisement.” (From YouTube)
One year ago, a milk scandal occurred in China. It’s reported that Chinese milk powder contaminated with melamine sickened more than 50,000 infants, including 4 deaths. This issued seriously damaged the dairy industry and Chinese consumers lost confidence in native milk products. As a result, the head of major Chinese dairy firm Sanlu Dairy went into bankruptcy; The former chairwoman of Sanlu Dairy was sentenced to life in prison and three others received death sentences. In total, more than 60 people have been arrested in connection to the scandal.
Recently, it seems that the Chinese milk market is recovered. The latest data shows that from January to July, the nationwide diary industry has recovered to 70% of the pre-scandal consumption level. The three giant diary brands–Mengniu Dairy, Yili Dairy and Bright Dairy still rank the top three in Chinese diary market, and the industry structure haven’t changed much, neither.
However, does the melamine totally disappear in China now? The positive results may probably base on two judgments. One is that the enterprises involved in it have paid too much for this; the other one is the government has paid a large amount of compensates and revised some more safety standards.
But what Chinese government did is just an overall control. The truth is the diary industry still faces the shortage of original milk, and the establishment of that is weak. On one hand, the government improves better technology and management so the quality can improve, on the other hand, it just focus on “this issue”, that is, if some other problems occur, we may not have enough preparation for them. In the meantime, if the three giant diary brands’ development only result in government’s effort, that will also be the sorrow of theindustry.
“Here’s a species that of its own accord has gone down an evolutionary cul-de-sac. It’s not a strong species.” BBC wildlife expert Chris Packham said.
Chris Packham is a well-known English naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author. Obviously, he is a conservationist.
He argued:”It’s big and cute and a symbol of the World Wide Fund for Nature and we pour millions of pounds into panda conservation. I reckon we should pull the plug. Let them go, with a degree of dignity.” He also added that oney spent on the panda would be better spent on other animals.
It’s said that it not the first time he commented like this. In 2008, he said “I’d eat the last panda if I could have the money we’ve spent on panda conservation back on the table for me to do more sensible things with”.
In my opinion, “pour millions of pounds into panda conservation” is not the point. The thing is, does the protection of pandas deserve “millions of pounds”? And whether we do that in a proper way?
Considering from the ecology aspect, many pandas cannot live themselves or cannot live without human beings’ help. So it becomes endangered and there are only about 20 patches of forest in a densely populated region of China. But in cultural sight, the value of its survival needs more to consider. That is, Giant panda is considered as a national treasure of China. It’s now kind of symptom of China, and also works as a communication bridge between countries (e.g., China has sent many giant pandas to America as a matter of friendship). Above all, people (especially from China) should do more to continue grant panda’s lifetime.
Globally think about this, it seems that it comes from a good desire, but may not come to a proper result. Will Travers, chief executive of the Born Free Foundation, insist that people needed to “do what they can to keep wildlife in the wild”. On this issue, the protection of the giant pandas is essential, but the way people do may be not a best way. Raising the rare animals in a limited area is no difference from putting them into cages, which do little to their evolution. It’s rather than what Packham said, “Let them go, with a degree of dignity”.
So the way we treat with the “big and cute” animal is not a simple question. More discussion and scientific research are needed on it.