Slow return to life around the world … and WHO calls for “vigilance”
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The world continues its slow return to normality despite the fact that the outbreak of the new Corona virus has not stopped yet, while the toll of daily infections has declined in the United States, while the World Health Organization has called for “full vigilance” in dealing with lifting isolation restrictions.
By declaring 830 deaths on Monday, the United States, the country most affected by the virus, according to absolute numbers, recorded a daily death toll of less than 900 for the second consecutive day, according to the Johns Hopkins University census. However, it is still too early to know whether this downward trend will continue.
Around the world, wearing a protective mask has become a natural matter for many people. As of today, masks and gloves are required to be worn on public transport networks in Moscow.
And the Russian capital, as other regions in the world, is still subject to general isolation, while other regions in the country have started a gradual and “very subtle” exit from the restrictions, according to President Vladimir Putin.
Meanwhile, Singapore today allows some stores and businesses such as hairdressing salons to be opened.
With the exception of New York City, lifting the isolation will start in the US state of New York.
The city is still suffering from the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic, as it records a quarter of the country’s total number of deaths, which has reached 80,000 so far. According to a study published Monday by the American Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, the high overall mortality rates recorded during the months of March and April reveal that the actual death toll from the epidemic may be in the thousands.
Not only does this apply to New York City, because due to the lack of tests almost all over the world, the actual toll of injuries and deaths remains incomplete.
Meanwhile, anxiety appears to have spilled over to US President Donald Trump, who has limited contact with Vice President Mike Pence, whose spokesperson is infected with the emerging coronavirus. “This is something we will talk about, perhaps during this stone period,” Trump said at a press conference on Monday.
He appeared to confirm press information that Pence was being quarantined.
According to official sources, the global epidemic has reached 4.15 million injuries and 284,000 deaths.
In the absence of a treatment or vaccine, WHO emergency health officer Michael Ryan stressed during a video conference that “full vigilance is necessary.”
He pointed out that “some countries” that he did not name, chose to “close their eyes and move blindly” towards lifting the isolation, without specifying the epidemics or attending enough medical capabilities.
Indeed, the experience of the first Asian countries that have experienced an outbreak of the epidemic urges much caution. Despite being mobilized and using sophisticated, large-scale methods to accurately track the virus and the preventive measures that the population followed, the city of Wuhan in central China, from which the virus originated, registered new infections Sunday and Monday. But she did not report any injuries Tuesday.
As for South Korea, it is fighting for its part a new epidemic outbreak that started from a 29-year-old who visited several bars and nightclubs.
Elsewhere in the world, conditions for lifting insulation appear harsh.
In Paris, for example, dozens of people rushed to drink on the banks of the Seine. As a result, the police prohibited alcohol in public places until further notice.
In Spain, the lifting of the restrictions on Monday was met with satisfaction among the residents, who managed to return to bars amid strict hygiene measures. “We are always afraid to catch the virus and pass it on to our family, but we have to go out and live again,” said Marcos Rodriguez in the Mediterranean Tarragona.
In Ukraine, too, restaurants have been opened amid tight preventive measures, some questioning their effectiveness. “How will this mask save us?” Said Giorgi Moseliani in a Kiev cafe. It will not save us. ”
In the UK, the world’s number two death toll, according to absolute numbers, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to remove isolation has been met with widespread criticism. The Teachers’ Union confirmed that school teachers are opposed to talking about returning to the resumption of lessons “unless this is really safe.”
In Norway, one of the first European countries to return students to classes, it was found that this measure did not contribute to the further spread of the epidemic. Older students will also return to their schools during the week.
Other countries are still hesitant to ease restrictions, such as Turkey. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan imposed four days of isolation, from Saturday to Tuesday, but hairdressing salons and commercial centers began opening their doors.
Calling caution at all times, Erdogan said, “We have before us examples from all over the world, showing how leniency can lead to major disasters.”