In a country where fictional melodramas prevail comfortably, this 20-episode installment, translated as “Being together”, leads the audience rankings for the third consecutive week.
Zai Yi Qi, a drama based on real events on China’s battle against coronavirus, is the most popular Chinese language TV series, according to the Douban review platform.
So what fictional melodramas are often imposed comfortably in audience measurements in China.
Released on September 29, Zai Yi Qi topped Douban’s weekly popularity rankings for Chinese-language TV series for the third week in a row, according to the most recent results of the ranking. The title of the production translates to “Being together.”
Co-produced by the Shanghai Media Group, the series, from 20 chapters, portrays the contributions made by ordinary people from different fields, including health professionals, essential items dealers, volunteers and workers, in the battle against the Covid-19 epidemic. A collective effort which in many cases meant, above all, long hours of work in hospitals and other health centers.
It currently has a rating of 8.7 out of 10 in Douban, from more than 60,000 reviews collected, with a public and critical eye.
It is not the first production based on this theme. Another Chinese TV drama recently launched highlighting the battle against the virus. Its titled Zui Mei Ni Xing Zhe, which translates as “Heroes on the road to harm”.
Of similar characteristics, although in this case based on the actions of the role models that emerged during the pandemic, the 14-episode program was produced by the China Media Group and launched on September 17.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, in China there were 85,790 people officially diagnosed with the disease, of which 4,634 died.
At this time, the authorities of the city of Kasgar, in the western region of Xinjiang, announced that they have launched a campaign of massive nucleic acid tests after having found an asymptomatic case of coronavirus, according to local press.
More than 300,000 samples have been taken so far, and the city expects to finish testing its 630,000 residents in about two days.
At the same time, classes in primary and secondary schools and nurseries were suspended during this week (until October 30) in the country where this pandemic began.
Bus services are also suspended and traveling on the route is not allowed without having a certificate proving a negative result in the nucleic acid test.
According to the newspaper Global Times, a person from Zhanmin City, Shufu, tested positive for coronavirus without showing symptoms of the disease, and all his close contacts were isolated to prevent the disease from spreading.
At the time, the Xinjiang region registered hundreds of cases of coronavirus, but health authorities no new positives were reported since mid-August.
At the end of July, Urumqi, the provincial capital of Xinjiang, launched various preventive measures such as lockdowns, market closures, suspension of transportation and massive testing campaigns to prevent the spread of the virus.