ISSUES2020 No.3
Editor’s Note: There is no doubt that the year of 2020 will leave a remarkable record in human history because of the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 which has been going on since its burst-out early this year and which probably will be going on till the coming-out of effective vaccination, hopefully not too far in future. It is also undoubtable that China is outstanding in this unexpected public health crisis all over the world, not only because it was one of the countries firstly attacked by the coronavirus, but also because it was one of the countries successfully resuming socio-economic activities following a series of positive and effective measures. This statement can be justified by the publication of COVID-19 Wuhan Guidance Papers: Emerging Experiences of Responding to COVID-19 in Chinese Cities and Townships by UN-HABITAT China in June 2020, in collaboration with Wuhan Land Use and Urban Spatial Planning Research Center and Wuhan University, as well as other Chinese partners. As practical reference for other countries that are still suffering the severe pandemic of COVID-19, this guidance presents in a systematic way the comprehensive measures taken by Chinese cities and towns to efficiently deal with the consequences brought about by the explosion of the crisis and to carefully promote the return of normality along with the fading of the crisis. Among them, the positive response of urban planning demonstrates its significant role in preventing and controlling the epidemic of coronavirus by way of the appropriate gridding of community closure, the practical reorganization of public transport, the safe sewage treatment of COVID-19 medical centers, the feasible coding of makeshift care center construction, and so on. Actually, the city history already tells us that pandemics have accompanied human beings for thousands of years and the improvement of urban management has been proved more efficient than the advancement of medical measures in front of the risk of pandemics. If we say that the rising awareness on public health about two hundred years ago under the circumstance of industrialization promoted the birth of modern urban planning, as both a policy and a technical tool of urban management, the worldwide concern on public health today under the circumstance of globalization calls for further innovations of contemporary urban planning. They should take place at both the macro level of a country or a region and the micro level of communities in urban and rural areas and rely on the sharing of know-how among different regions and countries.

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