Virus Cases Keep Worrying the Planet

Colin Baseman

A wave of new infections in Asia keeps worrying us all. Asia has imposed very strict measures. Nowadays Singapore along with Hong Kong and China are trying to control the situation.

In most Asian countries international flights are cut back. Those who arrive back home must inform the authorities about their location and stay under quarantine for at least 2 weeks. People who break the rules are fined – lockdown is an effective measure to protect healthy individuals in case there are people already infected with the virus. Law applies to all and ignoring it is unacceptable, unfortunately, there are plenty of people who do not obey the authorities.

Areas where COVID-19 seems to be under control must not relax. On the contrary, stricter measures should be applied in order to prevent a possible breakout of the same epidemic. There is a risk of bringing new infections from abroad. As long as there is at least one country suffering from the coronavirus, the world‘s leaders should be careful and aware of the situation.

Sooner or later the number of new COVID patients will start declining. However, this should not be the reason to stop taking the basic measures to protect population from new attacks. After all, there are individuals who carry the virus without realizing it since they do not have any symptoms.

Returnees and Visitors Under Quarantine

Japan does not accept foreign visitors. In South Korea controls are very strict – foreign visitors are supposed to stay in government medical facilities under quarantine. The lockdown lasts for 2 weeks. Domestic solutions that are now being implemented are insufficient. The health problem covers the entire globe and is considered transnational. The weakest country may be the reason why the strongest one can once again be forced to face another wave of virus. Governments cannot control the issue unless they close borders for as long as it may be necessary.

People who found themselves in the very core of the epidemic rushed to their native countries bringing part of the problem with them – after screening, authorities often detect passengers with COVID-19 at airports. In Hong Kong and Japan the number of such cases is comparatively high.

South Korea belongs to the areas that have been quite successful in flattening the explosive rise in COVID-19. The government requires all visitors to quarantine to see how safe they are.

China feels that in order to protect the country they need to minimize entry and exit activities. They strictly control and manage the borders. Ticket prices are now skyhigh. Besides, bookings are usually canceled. There are residents who cannot find a way to get back home.

Residents who arrive in Asia are surveyed while under quarantine. Sometimes there is a need to enforce criminal justice in case individuals do not feel responsible enough.

Authorities in Asian countries where the situation is under control cannot exclude the risk of imported viruses. Testing of newly arrived visitors helps authorities protect the nation. Quarantined individuals are required to wear tracking bracelets. Authorities use a special phone application to monitor such people. At presents, the number of quarantined individuals in China has reached 200,000 and is still increasing.

Measures Supported by Population

Most of the population support the measures that Singapore authorities apply. They monitor returnees and ask people report if symptoms appear. Self-isolation is one of the most essential measures and breaking the rule leads to severe punishment. People who ignore the rules are fined. Their passports may be invalidated as well.

In Japan offenders are imprisoned for half a year or fined. Returnees sign a paper stating that they won‘t go outside and avoid public movement for 2 weeks. If necessary, the‘re allowed to leave home for a very short time with a mask on.

All of the mentioned steps do make sense, according to professionals and experts. The only minus is that a long-term lockdown can affect the global economy and do damage to people‘s psyche and mental health. In general, prolonged crises destroy every sphere of our life and make negative changes.

Right now no one sees an end in sight and the pandemic is getting worse. No doubt the coronavirus has destroyed many people’s plans and there is not too much one can do to change this. The only way to survive now is to keep calm and collected, trying to take preventive measures to stay healthy, safe and secure.