The battle against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is going on strongly throughout the entire world. Not every country is fighting it with the same intensity, however. There are several cases of countries that did not take this pandemic too seriously and are now suffering because of it.
The United States is one example. Currently, the number of people that died because of the COVID-19 pandemic is rising extremely fast, and the U.S. is not ready for it.
Another example of a country that did not take the novel coronavirus seriously enough is Italy. Italy is currently the country with the highest number of deaths that are a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The reason for that is the fact that they did not warn their citizens that they should not leave the house unless necessary, and people were behaving irresponsibly.
This is why these countries now have problems with containing and controlling the virus. However, some countries set an example by introducing strict measures against the novel coronavirus, and now have way less problems because of it.
This includes plenty of other African countries, but Morocco is at the top of the list. Ever since the first people started getting sick because of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the country began implementing extremely strict measures to fight the pandemic.
Public baths were shut down, as well as cafes, cinemas, restaurants, and mosques in Morocco. It was one of the first countries with measures like these, all in the attempts of trying to slow down the spreading of the pandemic.
Another country with severe restrictions that were imposed on its citizens, is South Africa. The president of the country declared a national disaster after the number of coronavirus cases rose to just 62. He created a council that dealt with coordinating all of the aspects of the emergency response to the pandemic.
Some of those measures include the closure of almost half of South Africa’s land border crossings, advising the citizens not to travel domestically unless necessary, and shutting down all schools. Another strict measure South Africa implemented is the banning of people from eight countries from entering its borders. Those countries include the U.K. and the U.S.
It may seem weird that the country where the virus originated is amongst those that have the strictest measures against it. Still, China has proven that it can react accordingly and swiftly and lessen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once they realized the seriousness of the threat, the city of Wuhan was placed under quarantine, and others in the same region did the same quickly.
Many towns enforced their roadblocks to prevent anyone from leaving or entering until the pandemic was dealt with. In Beijing, people that were returning from a different city were required to self-quarantine for two weeks. Naturally, all schools and universities were closed, and the majority of passenger traffic dropped tremendously during February. All of these measures helped China beat the pandemic, and the country is slowly recovering now.
Singapore’s response to the appearance of the COVID-19 coronavirus was faster and better than that of most other countries. The measures this country put up might not have been the strictest. However, they were extremely effective and dealt with the pandemic quicker than most others.
So what did Singapore do? Well, for starters, they were prepared. They learned a lesson after the SARS outbreak in 2002 and improved on their infrastructure by building more hospitals and improving legislation. When the world found out about the novel coronavirus in December 2019, Singapore started to get ready.
Once the first infected people started to appear in Singapore, the most important thing they did was keep them in hospitals. They did not let them back into society, no self-quarantine, social distancing, nothing. Everyone that tested positive was held in a hospital. By separating them from their families, they reduced the risk of more people getting infected by the COVID-19 coronavirus.
They also forced people that were in contact with the infected, but did not test positive, to stay in home quarantine, and checked on them regularly via text messages. Those that did not reply faced harsh penalties. The government also explicitly warned everyone about the dangers and how they should practice social distancing. They communicated with the people regularly and consistently. All of this helped Singapore have one of the best responses to the COVID-19 outbreak in the entire world.
There are more countries with relatively strict measures against the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. However, we believe that these examples were the ones worth pointing out. Every country is dealing with the pandemic similarly, the only difference is how quickly they responded, and how seriously they took the disease while it was still early. Singapore is the one example we have singled out because their response has been better than most. Hopefully, the others follow suit, and we can finish our fight against the novel coronavirus soon.
About the Author
Antonia is a sociologist and an anglicist by education, but a writer and a behavior enthusiast by inclination. If she's not writing, editing or reading, you can usually find her snuggling with her huge dog or being obsessed with a new true-crime podcast. She also has a (questionably) healthy appreciation for avocados and Seinfeld.
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