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<b>Background</b>: The COVID-19 pandemic shows variable dynamics in WHO Regions, with lowest disease burden in the Western-Pacific Region. While China has been able to rapidly eliminate transmission of SARS-CoV-2, Germany - as well as most of Europe and the Americas - is struggling with high numbers of cases and deaths. <b>Objective</b>: We analyse COVID-19 epidemiology and control strategies in China and in Germany, two countries which have chosen profoundly different approaches to deal with the epidemic. <b>Methods</b>: In this narrative review, we searched the literature from 1 December 2019, to 4 December 2020. <b>Results</b>: China and several neighbours (e.g. Australia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Thailand) have achieved COVID-19 elimination or sustained low case numbers. This can be attributed to: (1) experience with previous coronavirus outbreaks; (2) classification of SARS-CoV-2 in the highest risk category and consequent early employment of aggressive control measures; (3) mandatory isolation of cases and contacts in institutions; (4) broad employment of modern contact tracking technology; (5) travel restrictions to prevent SARS-CoV-2 re-importation; (6) cohesive communities with varying levels of social control. <b>Conclusions</b>: Early implementation of intense and sustained control measures is key to achieving a near normal social and economic life.

Original publication

DOI

10.1080/16549716.2021.1875601

Type

Journal article

Journal

Global health action

Publication Date

01/2021

Volume

14

Addresses

Department of Public Health, Medical College, Yangzhou University , Yangzhou, China.