CARLTON PALMER: The UK needs to learn from the police in China, the coronavirus crisis has been brought under control here
- China seriously isolated the police and their draconian measures have worked
- The country is shutting down and things are back to normal
- People in the UK need to quickly realize how serious this is
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Carlton Palmer, former England midfielder and Sheffield Wednesday, now works for an international school in Shanghai.
Here he explains Sports email how life in china was affected by the coronavirus crisis …
We were called back to Shanghai this week. My wife Lucy and I flew through Moscow and were taken to a testing facility when we landed in China.
We stood in line as doctors and nurses took our temperatures. The process took 20 minutes. We tested negative but were asked to stay in a hotel before we could go. We were at our apartment at 10:00 the next day.
Although we have been tested and we don’t have the virus, we need to be quarantined for the next two weeks.
Carlton Palmer (photo with his son) was tested for corona virus upon return to Shanghai
I just left my apartment to pick up a delivery from the gate and got a call from the police at our compound saying they should put us completely isolated if we weren’t staying inside.
If they tell you to stay in, you can’t go out. They take care of that. All connections are polished. The neighbors sent gifts of fresh food and tissues.
China is coming out of its lockdown.
The only new cases reported are those entering the country from abroad while people from different companies return here to work. Now you can no longer enter the country if you test positive. It seems to be well controlled here.
We were on vacation when the country locked during Chinese New Year in late January and managed to return to the UK on one of the last flights from Shanghai.
Life in Shanghai is slowly returning to normal, but some precautions are still being taken
Wellington College, the international school where I work, has since closed. It has reopened this week for staff and they are preparing for the return of students. Life returns to normal.
Shanghai is more than half a mile from the epicenter of the Wuhan outbreak and it has never been so bad – but they handled it well. The people have been tested and quarantined.
The shops and restaurants are open again. When we came from the airport, we saw children on their horses at the nearby riding school. When our quarantine is over, they will test us again and if we test negative, we can go out.
Police in China are taking the situation seriously and the UK should learn from them
I don’t understand why so many people in the UK refuse to obey the rules. It is very frightening at a time when you see things spread.
My dad had three heart attacks and it was his birthday on Saturday – but I knew I couldn’t see him before I left. It is not worth the risk. I hope everyone in the UK realizes how serious it is.
As we can see in China, normality will return if everyone does the right thing.