I also agree @RTT that the numbers need to be taken with a pinch (handful) of salt.
I also agree that how the Chinese populace in general handle such things should be a lesson to the whingers/softies in OZ.
A couple of things that China did right/got lucky. From family there at the time.
The wheels started falling off right when National Holiday was about to start.
Normally 100million plus go on the move all over the country to visit family. Typically the young ones leaving big city for 2 weeks with mum & dad at the home village.
That was stopped dead. Nobody going nowhere, meant further transmission between cities stopped even though the horse had bolted.
The good thing was that all the villagers were well stocked with food anticipating the non-arrivals, and the virus hadn't arrived.
Regional Australia would be roughly comparable but not so lightly touched.
When quarantine was enforced they really mean business.
Whole cities of multi millions in apartments were effectively locked inside. Door knock, and you better be home or else. Think the Kensington Housing Commission towers and amp that up a million times.
Wuhan was extreme, they didn't just road-block. The roads were bulldozed.
It surely sounds scary, but at the same time full support was mobilised for all the shut-ins. Mainly good food, medical and internet; they're not big on mental well being stuff. The PLA are amongst many things a formidable logistics powerhouse.
In comparison, Kensington was shameful.
Concluding, China did things that really got their act together. Would I live there - hell NO.
Thanks for that John
Didn't they as far as putting security camera's in some people's houses. likely those not deemed trust worthy.
We went through our own lockdown in Dubai, not China scale, but for 3 weeks we needed Govt permission to leave the house. to buy food you first had to apply for your permit and when received approval, off you go. Even after things opened up a little with restrictions, we had drones flying over head looking backyard parties and lots of cars out the front.
When the curfew was in, your phone would go off with the warning sms and curfew sms.
Today, we still live with restrictions, but life goes on. The simple approach is when planning an event, if there isn't a POS device there, you probably shouldn't do it. This is to stop the private parties and gatherings where there is no one controlling and the fines are large, starting at $1000 for just attending, more for the host and jail is used if bad enough. No one complains about wearing and mask or protests. If you don't like it, you know where the airport is. No we don't like it, but its what we accept to get back to life here.
I'm aware of some private parties and the efforts people go to make sure it stays under the radar, personally I just think you playing with fire and wouldn't attend as it would likely risk my job.
Kids havn't been to school since March, Dubai kids went back in Sept, but ours in Sharjah have a few more weeks, don't ask me why the difference although Dubai is very internationally focused due to their economy mostly reliant on tourism and trade (Dubai has little Oil).
With all this, I then read FB and see the posts by mostly Victorians, some ex-Dubai friends. Honestly for some of over here we have never felt so ashamed to be called Aussies. John mentioned the words "soft" and "whingers", you are being nice. When someone tells me they are worried about their kids mental health because they cannot leave a 5km circle and have a 8pm curfew and their kids have been only on line schooling for 2mths, WTF, seriously. Most of the population probably don't travel that far normally anyway.
CV-19 has changed the world, but its also shown how vulnerable the democracies are to dealing with such natural disasters and potentially exposes a strategic weakness for China to exploit.
I saw a great carton of the Titantic in mid sinking with the "Freedomists" and "anti-maskers" and "non-believers", if I find it again I'll post