An empty street leading to the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, France, on March 23. Photo: AFP An empty street leading to the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, France, on March 23. Photo: AFP
An empty street leading to the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, France, on March 23. Photo: AFP
Wee Kek Koon
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Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Think lockdown is bad? In imperial China, curfews were not only common but accepted

For centuries, cities would bang a drum at night and another in the morning to warn their citizens to stay inside. Most did so gladly, as it was believed that those who moved through the darkness were attending to illegal activities

An empty street leading to the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, France, on March 23. Photo: AFP An empty street leading to the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, France, on March 23. Photo: AFP
An empty street leading to the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, France, on March 23. Photo: AFP
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