They ensured public compliance in a national pandemic control effort that went right to the doorstep.
China reported zero new cases on May 29 – not a single case of local transmission or imported cases.
China’s virus control effort was single-minded – the goal was always total elimination.
Through residential communities, offices, and public spaces, there was a pervasive sense that pandemic control relied on doing many things at once.
Later, with much of the world paralysed by second or third waves of the virus, China’s labour-intensive approach is still proving devastatingly effective.