Good evening to Beijing, Mrs. Schimanowski, and good morning to New York, Mr. Brisch. They both work in corona pandemic hotspots. Under what restrictions do you live there?
Schimanowski: Life in Beijing is still very limited, even though the number of corona cases in China has dropped sharply and the government is pushing ahead with economic and consumer recovery.
Do you trust the official figures in China?
Schimanowski: As good as it gets (in the sense of: “Can you work with”, author’s note). The restrictions and controls are still very present. For example, through the digital health code: you have to partially prove that you have been in the same place for 14 days. This is handled somewhat loosely in other provinces, but in Beijing you still have to be particularly strict about the quarantine requirements. Schools and universities have been completely closed since the end of January. At the start of classroom teaching in Beijing, unlike in other provinces, there are still no official announcements at the universities. We assume that the summer semester will continue to run digitally and largely without the presence of the students. The freedom of movement for students will be severely restricted after returning to campus. But in Germany it is basically similar when I see how much basic rights and everyday life have been restricted for social distancing! I’m amazed at how Chinese Germany has become.