On the surface, quarantining the population of Spain looks impressive and decisive. But it conceals that there were many decisions that are unlikely to happen in advanced country democracies:
(1) The lax regulations or biosafety standards that resulted in this zoonosis event in the first place.
(2) The Wuhan local government keeping the whole thing under wraps for more than a month after the first confirmed infection on December 8, up to and including arresting eight people as rumor-mongers – then launching a massive festival, including a banquet for 40,000 people, on January 17-19. This seems to be a classic illustration of the principle that “the mountains are high, and the Emperor is far away.”
(3) The ban on private cars (and public transport), leaving just 6,000 taxis to service a city of 11 million. Problem being, you are much more likely to get infected in a taxi, which carries dozens of different people every day, than in your own car. So why.
(4) The extravagantly publicized construction of that 1,000-bed hospital in 5 days (or whatever). Looks impressive from the air. But, again… what’s the point? It’s not lack of physical space that’s the limiting factor – for that, one can always requisition other public places, such as schools, supermarkets, etc. At the end of the day, the Army can set up a field hospital. This is going to be much quicker than constructing a new building from scratch. It’s trained doctors, nurses, equipment, and isolation wards that are the vital element. This might be a reflection of the wider problem that is China’s “Construction-Industrial Complex”… at some point, the solution to any problem starts becoming more construction.
In short, it seems like the usual pattern of Communists not understanding things but issuing “strong” top-down directives to appear competent and decisive. It can certainly be expected to beat the sheer incompetence and dysfunction you’d see in responses to an epidemic in the Third World. But I expect Western Europe and the Anglosphere to perform better.