The following paper is a comparative study of the COVID-19 outbreak response of two administrative divisions of similar status, i.e. the state of Kerala in India and the province of Hubei in China. In the study, the authors have documented the responses to the coronavirus outbreak in the respective regions during the period the first case was reported up until the day both the entities brought it down to zero, even if temporarily, particularly in the case of Kerala. The study has examined how the two entities dealt with the problem with a focus on emergency provisions enacted, technology utilisation, leadership, the role of media, and role of local bodies among others. The paper also attempts to draw vital lessons to be learnt from the approach undertaken by respective governments and the general public.