China were slow to act and incredibly densely populated - hence the rapid spread and large volume of cases.
Governments and the WHO are still very much on high alert - but it’s their job to be!
Global cases are on the decrease - it appears even China has managed to reach a peak and begin recovery.
And for comparison, cases in Europe generally are comparatively low, UK very low. Italy has the potential to become the “European groudn zero”, but generally I’d say we (the UK) have been very prepared and cautious, having had the opportunity to watch what was going on and prepare and respond accordingly.
The fact that someone has a sniffle and we’ve closed a school (I think there’s a few) shows how seriously we are taking containment.
(There’s a growing belief and evidence that Iran is seriously under reporting)
Cases outside of China are still growing and will probably carry on for a bit, but are still only at very low levels. The slight delay in massive spread from China and wider Asia has given most of the world enough time and information to react accordingly.
No idea what happened in Italy.
COVID19 is worse than the flu, but CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9 million – 45 million illnesses, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010.
People take the flu far less seriously, hence the massive spread.
We know where it is, we know how to react to people coming from those areas, we have advanced health services… we shouldn’t have a problem containing it in the UK.