COVID-19 and China’s Forbidden ‘Cities Within Cities’

Last month, faced with a nationwide outbreak of COVID-19 that would go on to kill 3,180 and sicken 78,000 more as of March 13, local officials across China responded with a host of novel, if occasionally draconian, containment measures. These ranged from routine temperature checks and big data tracking to “ hardcore” methods like traffic bans and citywide lockdowns.