The world is coming out of quarantine
The world, tired of isolation and restrictions, is gradually coming out of quarantine. And while Europe is optimistic about summer, the residents of the United States, Russia, Brazil and China almost every day have new reasons to worry.
The last week of May in the European Union was marked by a significant shift towards a prequarantine reality. Starting from July 1, Greece and Spain, hungry for tourists, are ready to receive foreign visitors without a two-week quarantine on arrival.
Greece has handled the situation perfectly over the past few months,” says Athens’ Mayor Costas Bakoyannis. – We are optimistic about the future and about the prospects of restarting our economy. Greece is ready to say to the world: “We are open and safe for you”. You can enjoy your vacation with us and at the same time take care of the safety of your health”. Spain – Europe’s second largest country in terms of summer tourist flow – lived under the most severe quarantine just a few weeks ago. Today, its residents have a hard time believing that the worst is behind them.
“We can finally spend the day on the open terrace. I missed it so much. There are fewer people in Barcelona, and now I’m surrounded by neighbours. To be honest, I can’t believe it!” – says Barcelona resident Sebastian.
The hotel and restaurant business, however, is sad – the previous profit figures are barely overtake.
In Italy, which has the highest death toll in the European Union, quarantine removal is a little slower. Thus, last weekend the residents of Rome breathed a sigh of freedom – now they can go to the gym, salon, for a walk and a restaurant. The Pope was able to bless the believers in St. Peter’s Square for the first time in three months. However, the usually hospitable coast of the country is not yet ready to receive tourists.
“Seaside resorts are not yet open to foreign visitors, as we do not yet have clear rules that would regulate the visit to the beaches by tourists and the local population. So we’re in the waiting phase for now. We are sure of only one thing – many people want to come to us, we receive calls with questions every day. That is, there is a strong demand – even among the Italians themselves, which distinguishes this year from the previous ones,” says Michele de Luccia, Mayor of Positano.
And if the south of Europe after the release of coronavirus shackles exhales with relief, the north is increasingly irritated by the demands of wearing masks and social distance. In Germany, for example, where quarantine ended more than a month ago, people rushed into the streets last weekend to express their dissatisfaction with the restrictions that remain.
Petra Obermeyer, who protested in Frankfurt, said: “I want to oppose the government and this whole thing with restrictions. I feel overwhelmed when politicians sit in parliament, cafeterias or private parties in bars without masks or social distancing themselves. Restrictions have been imposed only on ordinary people. We voluntarily did 2.5 months at home, we voluntarily refused to meet with children and grandchildren, and now this … I feel cheated.
It won’t be long before the final chord in Germany’s fight against the pandemic. The state of Thuringia, in the middle of the country, is ready to lift all last restrictions already on July 6.
In Russia, the quarantine regime is maintained. Moscow and the Moscow region, where the largest number of cases of infection have been recorded, lockdown continues for the ninth week in a row. Borders, schools and most businesses have been closed. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, recently cured of Kovid-19, called on Russians to abandon foreign travel.
“You can pay too high a price for a few days off. It is necessary to exclude the possibility of re-importation of coronavirus to Russia, not to endanger the health of loved ones, and to avoid possible difficulties with return to the homeland, which tourists suddenly faced this spring. It is better and safer to spend your vacation in your country,” said Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.
The situation in Brazil is even more complicated. The number of new infections continues to rise every day, which is why the White House imposed a two-day ban on entry from Brazil. President Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly opposed any quarantine measures. Last weekend, protests against coronavirus measures were held in the capital city of Brasilia and in the metropolis on the coast of São Paulo amid the news of Brazil becoming the second most diseased country in the world.
The hard lockdown regime is maintained in northeast China in Jilin province. Authorities are trying to contain a new outbreak of the disease. Over a hundred million people have been quarantined. Rail and bus services have been cut off, schools have been closed. Rapid and severe measures indicate that the Chinese authorities fear a second wave of the disease. The situation in Jilin has also shown how fragile the return to normalcy will be both in China and around the world.