One by one, the countries and territories that seemed to be at the top of the coronavirus see the second and third waves of the virus, which again shows the immense difficulty of containing the pandemic even with partial border and quarantine closings in place .
While the number of cases in both locations is pale compared to the daily numbers reported in the United States or in parts of Western Europe, it raises even more questions about when the areas most affected by the virus may one day return to normal, such is the difficulty of containing the pandemic even under the best circumstances.
Residents of Melbourne are no longer allowed to leave their homes, except for groceries, care, exercise or work. Cafes and restaurants that were allowed to reopen weeks ago have again suspended regular services and now only offer delivery and takeout options. All beauty services and entertainment venues are also closed.
“We talked about this virus as a public health bush fire. By putting a circle around the metropolis of Melbourne, we are essentially setting up a perimeter to protect the region’s Victorians, ”said Prime Minister of the State Daniel Andrews.
“It is clear that we are at the dawn of our second wave and we cannot allow this virus to penetrate our communities. ”
The closure of the border with New South Wales is the first time that such action has been taken since the Spanish influenza pandemic 100 years ago. Other states have also placed restrictions on Victorians in an effort to keep the virus isolated in the southeast.
Online applications for permits that will allow residents of Victoria to cross state borders began Tuesday evening, but the website crashed just 45 minutes after launch, with 44,000 people applying, national broadcaster said. Australian ABC.
Melbourne’s response is similar to that followed in China, which managed to contain its own domestic epidemic several months ago and reacted to new infection points with rapid, albeit sometimes drastic, action.
Hong Kong is currently considering a return to certain restrictions after weeks of relaxation and a return to normal, and the government has urged people to be vigilant about wearing face masks, social distancing and hygiene public.
In comments that could apply to both Hong Kong and Australia, Andrews, the Victorian Prime Minister, said, “I think a sense of complacency has crept into us as we let our frustrations get the better of us. ”
“I think everyone knows someone who has broken the rules as well as they should have. I think everyone of us knows that we have no choice but to take very, very difficult measures, ”he added.
But what if you are in a country where taking basic, much less difficult, steps to combat the virus is considered anathema to many people?
If anything, the experience of countries that have had the pandemic under control shows the enormous danger that the United States will try to return to normalcy while the nation still faces the first virus wave.
Australia, Hong Kong and other parts of Asia that have had more months to fight the virus have shown the difficulty of avoiding infection even under the best of circumstances, where people generally follow the advice of health authorities and do not adhere to conspiracy theories and, above all, the wearing of masks.
These circumstances will allow these regions to return to something approaching life before Covid, with occasional pushes and blockages, but it is increasingly difficult to imagine the United States – where the wearing of masks has become politicized and state officials are in open rebellion against the Centers for Disease Control – getting its own epidemic still under control shortly.