This Week We are Looking at Coronavirus around the World
Coronavirus around the world is showing a glimmer of hope.
So another week has gone by and we are now in week 4. The government have announced at least another 3 weeks of lockdown and an additional month of furlough. On the plus side though, it feels a little bit like we may be coming out the other side. Of course, it is too soon to plan anything much yet but there just feels like a glimmer of hope.
Every country around the world seems to have worked to a different plan on how to handle this virus. And each country is having differing results.
New Zealand for example went into very strict lockdown measures when there were less than 150 cases of the virus and no deaths. The total is now 1400 cases and only 12 deaths and there is talk of easing the restrictions. They have flattened the curve and virtually eliminated the virus.
Hailed for their strong response to the virus, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said yesterday that New Zealand has “done what few countries have been able to do”. That is certainly true when you look at the low figures for both death and contraction rates. It is believed that it was the Countries reliance on science and empathy paved the way for its success in the crisis.
This week they look to ease restrictions with a limited reopening of schools and businesses.
Jacinda Ardern plans to ease lockdown saying New Zealand ‘have stopped wave of devastation’
Czech Republic also had a strict lockdown and have kept the death rate extremely low. Their early implementations of restrictions has been credited for the low covid rate.
With caution, the government have now announced a cautious 5 step process exit plan. Each week, depending on success, more businesses will be allowed to re-open.
“We have divided business activity groups into five time slots. From April 20, all crafts facilities, car dealerships and farmers’ markets can reopen. Professional sportsmen will be allowed to continue in sporting activities and weddings attended by up to 10 individuals will be allowed.”
Trade Minister Karel Havlíček
We were all following Italy early on when it was the most infected country in the world. They have now started to re-open some businesses and the full lockdown is due to end on 4th May.
With Italy’s economy driven by Tourism. We have all seen the heart-breaking scenes of a abandoned Venice, Rome and Florence. It is no surprise that the Government are keen to reopen its borders.
The Italian Government fear that a prolonged lockdown will deepen the economic impact. However, well aware that the damage of a second wave of Covid would be irreversible. They have chosen to wait a few more weeks to avoid that potential cost.
Austria has allowed the opening of some shops but with new cases still dropping they are planning restaurants to open in the middle of May.
This week saw an announcement from Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, with him stating that as of May 15th- all shops and restaurants are to open. A bold decision in the comparison to other policies by neighbouring European nations. Looking to kick start their industry mid-May, life will not be returning to normal. All citizens are being asked to wear face masks and keep to strict hygiene principals.
Goverment press conference in Vienna, Austria. April 21st 2020
Denmark whilst looking at a slower recovery are still aiming for August to allow large public gatherings.
Signs of recovery are found across the country. Announcement from Tivoli Gardens, a theme park in Copenhagen looking to reopen it’s doors on May 11th. The iconic theme park is what inspired Walt Disney to create his own amusement parks. A great symbol of the Danish tourism economy, this was a welcomed announcement.
Golf courses and Tennis courts are also looking to reopen in the coming weeks. Adhering to the strict 2 metre social distancing guidelines. It is hoped that these sports facilities will encourage good physical and mental wellbeing.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen
Spain and Germany
Spain and Germany are more cautious with their plans but recent figures are looking more encouraging.
With Spain being one of the worst effected countries in Europe, they were quick to bring in the strictest of restrictions. Drones and a strong police presence kept the nation indoors. However, there is sign of an easing. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said over this past weekend that restrictions are looking to be relaxed. As of April 27th, Children will be allowed to go outside with their parents.
Obviously, we will have to wait and see what happens when these countries ease restrictions and if the figures start to rise again. However it does feel like there is hope ahead. Of course we want death rates to continue to fall. We also want to be able to get our economy going again as soon as it is safe to do so.
We at Table Art can’t wait until we can start planning events to help bring people back together. With 8 months still to go 2020 could be the year of the best Christmas Parties ever!!