Countries prepare for new outbreaks of the virus

Coronavirus infection does not recede: in some regions, the incidence is declining, in others – repeated outbreaks. The number of those infected has exceeded 20 million, the deaths – 750 thousand. And although Russia has already registered the world’s first vaccine, WHO experts are confident that the pandemic will not end soon. Which countries have managed to contain the epidemic, and where the virus has not been brought under control.

Five million – about the same population in New Zealand, the Republic of the Congo or Slovakia. The same number of patients with COVID-19 were detected in the United States in six months. Every day there are about 50 thousand new cases and a thousand deaths. Experts point to the scale of testing, but the real statistics are probably even worse.

The dynamics are depressing. In the first 99 days of the epidemic, a million people fell ill. The second million – in 43 days, the third – 28, the fourth – 15 (by 23 July). The most critical states – California, Florida, Texas, New York and Georgia – account for 40 percent of those infected.

Unemployment is off the charts. The school year will begin soon. Researchers believe that high school students are as carriers of the virus as adults. It’s not clear with the younger ones. According to the American Academy of Pediatricians and the Association of Children’s Hospitals, the number of cases increased by 90 percent in a month.

From July 9 to August 6, almost 180 thousand were infected, in total for the epidemic – more than 380 thousand. Moreover, there is evidence that children under five are more infectious than adults. Donald Trump dismisses such assumptions, stating that there is no risk and schools can be safely opened.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson agrees with Trump. He considers it the moral duty of the country to continue his studies. In Scotland, children sat down at their desks on Tuesday 11 August. In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland they are not in a hurry, they talk about autumn. Of course, they will take all the necessary sanitary measures. But attending classes is a must.

In Britain over the weekend, 1,062 infections were recorded, the highest rate since June. Do not exclude the re-closure of bars and pubs.

Unemployment has reached a ten-year high. In the summer, even the largest companies – HSBC, Airbus, Dyson, and others – announced redundancies.

Several weeks of relief cost Europe a new outbreak. In Denmark, the incidence is increasing in 67 out of 98 municipalities.

They are preparing for the second wave in Germany: last week the statistics worsened for the first time since mid-July. Everyone arriving in the country will be required to take tests.

The picture is the same in France. Masks in public places are required for everyone over 11 years old. Violators are fined 135 euros, and if caught three times – six months in prison. In tourist places, the mode is softer.

In Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium – the same. But in Italy, especially hit by the pandemic, things are much better. Nightclubs and schools are still closed there, masks and keeping distance are required, but people enjoy the summer with might and main: they sit on the verandas of restaurants, walk the streets and drink wine from buchette del vino.

Small windows for the sale of take-away alcohol appeared during the Renaissance, and during the period of epidemics, the so-called plague windows made it possible to buy food and drink without the risk of infection.

While Europe is unsteady out of the crisis, the virus is raging in Brazil and India. In the largest country in South America, the number of infected has exceeded three million, 23 thousand new cases are recorded there per day. The country’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, who recently recovered from illness, said “optimistically” that one should not be afraid of the virus, because sooner or later everyone will be infected.

In India – about 2.2 million infected, the other day 62 thousand were registered per day.

Persistent instability

In Japan, ten thousand were added in a week, a total of 50 thousand. The authorities remain calm, although the infection is spreading rapidly: in May the state of emergency in the country was lifted, at the beginning of July there were 20 thousand infected, at the end of the month – 30 thousand, on August 3 – 40 thousand.

The governor of Aichi Prefecture announced a local emergency, urging people to stay at home and companies to work remotely.
In China, South Korea, and Vietnam, it is much calmer, with dozens of new diagnoses a day.

The World Health Organization praises these countries for successfully containing the virus. All thanks to strict discipline.

New Zealand has been highlighted by WHO. And immediately there – for the first time in 102 days – new infected were found. All four of the patients are members of the same family from Auckland.

On Wednesday, a third level of restrictions were introduced in the city: bars, restaurants, shops are closed, and you can only go out on urgent matters.

This confirms another warning from the WHO: the virus has not gone anywhere and no one should relax.

Author: Steve Cowan
Graduated From Princeton University. He has been at the Free Press since October 2014. Previously worked as a regional entertainment editor.
Function: Chief-Editor