China Overseas Chinese Network, May 18th, title: The anti-epidemic situation has changed!

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  The latest data released by the World Health Organization on the 16th showed that the global cumulative number of confirmed cases of new crown reached 162,177,376, and the number of deaths reached 3,364,178.

  According to the "anti-epidemic" situation, many countries and regions have adjusted their anti-epidemic measures again.

Xiaoqiao is here to sort out the new epidemic prevention regulations recently launched in various places, let's take a look!

1. Tighten epidemic prevention measures

  With the rapid spread of the epidemic, the number of new confirmed cases of new crowns in a single day in some countries and regions has repeatedly hit record highs. To this end, governments of many countries have tightened epidemic prevention measures and curbed the rebound of the epidemic through measures such as lockdowns, extended curfews, and traffic controls.

On May 9, 2021 local time, in New Delhi, India, the streets under the "closed city" were empty.

Image source: Visual China

India and Nepal implement "cities closure"

  In recent days, the number of confirmed cases of the new crown in India has risen rapidly. In order to curb the epidemic, nearly 10 states and centrally administered territories in India have introduced restrictive measures of varying degrees of epidemic prevention to curb the spread of the epidemic.

The blockade in the capital of New Delhi will last until 5 a.m. on May 17. The subway in the urban area will stop operating. People are not allowed to go out except for essential activities such as purchasing daily necessities and seeking medical treatment.

Restaurants can only provide takeaway, shopping malls, gyms, amusement parks and other places are kept closed.

The governments of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka also decided to implement a complete blockade until May 24.

  In Nepal, which is close to India, the epidemic is not optimistic.

In order to fight the epidemic, 55 of the 77 counties in Nepal have adopted epidemic prevention and control measures. The ban on the "closure of the city" in the capital Kathmandu has been extended to May 27.

The Nepalese government recently stated that, with the exception of Nepal and India continuing to reserve two flights a week in accordance with the bubble agreement, the suspension of other international passenger flights will be extended to May 31, 2021.

Sri Lankan government announces travel restriction order

  In order to prevent the further spread of the new crown epidemic, the Sri Lankan government began to implement travel restrictions across the country from the evening of the 13th until 4 am on the 17th.

After the 17th, the travel restriction time will be changed from 11 o'clock every night to 4 o'clock in the morning of the next day, and will last until May 31.

  During the travel restrictions, people are not allowed to leave their homes without authorization, and all businesses, including restaurants, will be closed, but the restrictions will not affect basic services such as food transportation and medical care.

At the same time, the vaccination plan will continue throughout the island, and residents will not be affected by travel restrictions if they go to vaccination centers for vaccination.

Japan expands the scope of emergency implementation

  Since May 12, Japan’s Aichi and Fukuoka prefectures have been included in the scope of the state of emergency, while the four prefectures of Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo prefectures are currently implementing the state of emergency. The period has been extended to 5 On the 31st.

  The Japanese government is currently taking measures such as requiring temporary closure of large-scale commercial facilities and other operations, shortening the business hours of some facilities to 20 o'clock every day, and 5,000 people for large-scale events, or halving the number of people in areas where the state of emergency is implemented.

In addition, the governor of the emergency area has the right to determine the applicable objects for the temporary suspension of business.

Among them, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has included movie theaters and other facilities in the scope of temporary closure.

2. Relax epidemic prevention measures

  As the situation of the epidemic situation has improved, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Ireland have successively announced or implemented new regulations to appropriately relax epidemic prevention and control measures.

Data map: British hillsides are full of blue bellflowers.

Image source: Sipaphoto

Ireland further relaxes epidemic prevention measures

  From May 10, Ireland will implement new regulations: allow people to travel across regions; reopen personal services such as barbershops, beauty shops, and indoor public cultural and sports facilities such as gyms, libraries, etc.; allow outdoor gatherings and physical exercises for up to 15 people Activities; allow vaccinated people to meet with other families indoors without wearing a mask; increase the upper limit of the number of people attending weddings and funerals to 50.

Starting on the 17th, restrictions on non-essential retail stores will also be fully lifted.

The UK lowers the alert level of the epidemic

  Recently, the epidemic has slowed down, and the pressure on the British National Medical Service System has been relieved. The Chief Medical Officer of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales of the United Kingdom, and the National Medical Director of the British National Medical Service System, Stephen Bowies, jointly made a decision to set the epidemic alert level Reduced from level 4 to level 3.

  According to the latest information released by the British government, starting from May 17th, the maximum number of outdoor gatherings will be increased to 30, and the limit for indoor gatherings will be 6 people or two households; indoor cultural and entertainment facilities including cinemas and theaters will be allowed to reopen. Open, but protective measures must be taken; indoor dining areas such as restaurants, bars and cafes are allowed to resume business; hotels, homestays, etc. can resume business.

On April 26, local time, most parts of Italy began to relax the new crown epidemic control measures.

The picture shows people eating at outdoor tables in a Roman bar.

Belgium announces four-phase "unblocking" plan

  The Belgian government recently announced that it will implement a "summer plan" aimed at restoring normal life.

The measures are divided into four stages. The starting time points are June 9, July 1, July 30, and September 1. As the number of people of different age groups being vaccinated gradually increases, they will receive intensive care treatment. The number of new crown cases has been declining, and the catering industry, market shops, cultural and entertainment activities, sports competitions, trade fairs, etc. have been gradually restored. The restrictions on people’s shopping time and the number of people at large-scale events have been relaxed or removed, and the office work time has been extended appropriately .

Many states in Germany announce partial "unblocking" plans

  At present, many German states have implemented or announced partial "unblocking" steps.

The state of Berlin plans to gradually implement steps such as reopening kindergartens, abolishing curfews, resuming group sports, and allowing the catering industry to operate dine-in outdoors.

Hamburg, Lafayette, Shihe, Meiqian and other states have also announced similar plans.

Bavaria, located on the German-Austrian border, resumed personal travel with Austria from the 12th. People will be able to drive to Austria to shop or visit relatives and friends.

  The new German entry law stipulates that people who have been vaccinated or have recovered from the new crown infection can enjoy the same treatment as those who have tested negative for the new crown after entering Germany, and no longer need to be isolated.

In the case of family travel, if adults have been vaccinated, children are not required to also vaccinate.

However, this regulation is limited to the new crown vaccine that has been approved by the European Union.

3. Encourage people to be vaccinated

  At present, in addition to adjusting restrictive measures according to the form of epidemic prevention, various countries are also actively promoting epidemic prevention measures such as vaccination.

On May 12th, local time, at the COVID-19 vaccination site at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets baseball team, people lined up for vaccination.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Liao Pan

The Chilean government plans to inoculate a "green card"

  Chile’s Minister of Health Paris recently stated that in order to encourage people to vaccinate against the new crown and to ensure the safety of the people to participate in economic activities, the Chilean authorities are planning to issue “green cards” to people who have completed two doses of the new crown vaccination.

People can go to restaurants, shopping malls and other public places to participate in social and economic activities with a "green card".

U.S. measures to encourage people to get vaccinated

  With the advancement of the reopening measures, some areas in the United States have begun to provide a large number of incentives to encourage people to be vaccinated against the new crown pneumonia.

  Recently, 8 subway stations and train stations in New York City, Long Island, Ossining and other places in the United States have set up vaccination points. Those vaccinated here will receive a weekly subway pass or two one-way tickets for a designated line.

The mayor of New York said that the city's vaccination incentives also include free tickets or membership to many attractions such as the New York City Aquarium and the New York Botanical Garden.

  On the 12th, the Governor of Ohio, United States, Devine announced that a "vaccine lottery" will be launched, and the winners will each receive a prize of 1 million US dollars.

All residents over the age of 18 who have received at least one dose of the vaccine can participate in the lottery. The first round of the lottery will be held on the 26th.

  Here, Xiaoqiao still wants to remind everyone to continue to pay attention to and abide by local epidemic prevention regulations, and epidemic prevention cannot be slack!

I wish you all peace and safety!

  (Reference materials: Xinhuanet, People's Daily Online, World Journal, South American Overseas Chinese News, etc.; Author: Zhao Jingzhu; ID: qiaowangzhongguo)