May 27, 2024

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These countries were relatively saved by Govt-19

In front of Taiwan’s presidential troops, in September 2020 (SAM YEH / AFP)

If in some countries we regularly talk about Govt-19 epidemic, first wave, second wave or third wave, others seem to be doing better in this health program.

Taiwan: More than 200 days without any local pollution

Taiwan still escapes corona virus. On a large island like Belgium off the coast of China there is no local pollution for more than 200 days. So life is not the same as it is in France, for example: it is only mandatory to wear a mask on public transport and in public places.

For the rest, nothing has changed: museums, nightclubs, bars, restaurants are open. Events and festivals such as the popular Taipei Pride March are maintained, which gathered more than 100,000 participants on the capital’s streets last month. Suffice it to say that for 24 million Taiwanese, the epidemic has become almost a distant memory.

This success can be explained by many factors. First, at the first signs of infection, at the beginning of the year, the government drew up a drastic action plan in 2003 from the experience of the SARS epidemic. A protocol that is still in force today. “Our main action is to impose mandatory 14-day isolation for all people coming to Taiwan, Explained the Taiwanese health minister a few weeks ago. Then, if we still have people testing positive, we conduct in-depth investigations with their entourage to detect possible events and force them to be isolated in their home. “

Sacrificing the freedom of a few to protect the safety of others is a bet made by Taiwan. The results are: This year the island will be one of the only countries in the world to record positive economic growth.

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New Zealand: 2,000 cases, 25 deaths since the beginning of the year

New Zealand, with its five million people, is the least affected by Govt-19 in the South Pacific. More than 2,000 cases and 25 deaths have been reported since the beginning of this year. Plus, there really isn’t a second wave. After April, the corona virus almost disappeared from the country, and we were there for 102 consecutive days without any new cases. In the last assembly elections last October, in the armchair of Prime Minister Jacinta Arden, this good administration of the crisis was largely to explain the re-election.

A few more new cases have been discovered today, but most of them are returnees who, upon arrival in New Zealand, are kept in isolation, under surveillance, in hotel rooms. This is a very strict diet, but it has been proven. The last case of social exchange took place on November 18 almost three weeks ago. There have been no corona virus-related deaths since mid-September.

It should still be remembered that the New Zealand government applied during the first wave of an epidemic, one of the world’s most stringent controls. Now almost all restrictions have been lifted. The only duty still in place across the country is to fill out a register when you go, for example, to a restaurant or a bar. Wearing a mask is still recommended in hotspots, but it is no longer mandatory on public transport except in the largest city, Auckland.

On the other hand, as in Australia, the borders of the country are completely closed and you have to enter or leave the country. The only exception is Australia, which has allowed New Zealanders to visit since October. But there are still some candidates for a job, for example, except those who have to go there, because at this point it is mandatory for everyone returning from abroad to be isolated for two weeks under supervision. Sicily.

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Central African Republic: Some patients, some symptoms

In the Central African Republic, finally, there have been very few cases since the first patient was diagnosed on March 14th. He was an Italian priest, and he returned to the country. In total, 5,000 positive cases have been confirmed. It should be noted that the number of people tested is very low, only 35,000. That means the epidemic is rare in the Central African Republic, with only 63 people officially dying from Govt-19 disease in this country of 4.5 million people. ‘People. Of course, one might think that the figures are underestimated… However, the services of the corpse are not particularly requested than usual.

If there are cases that undoubtedly cross the cracks, it is because a large number of patients develop mild forms. Symptoms of cough or fever are very common in this country, especially those suffering from malaria and various respiratory infections. So many Central Africans are not screened for lack of resources, but many are skeptical as well. Large sections of the population believe that they have been saved from this disease which they consider to be the disease of whites. Suffice it to say that restraining gestures have not succeeded in becoming a habit: here, social exclusion or wearing a mask, or almost.

If international organizations had anticipated a health catastrophe, they would not have predicted that the epidemic would have an impact on the next election. Central Africans are actually being called to vote in the December 27 legislative and presidential elections. But a global epidemic delayed the organization of this election. Companies selected by call for tenders are not always able to fulfill their orders. When this is possible, routing becomes more complicated, especially by reducing air traffic. We still had to find B projects locally: ballot boxes, polling booths and other supplies being shipped from South Africa. Three weeks before the election the race against time is going on.

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