Violations of Covid-19 containment policies?


Photographer: John Hopkins University

This map gives a range of how many cases of Corona there are in each country.

Claire R., Junior Editor in Chief

While the growth of new cases of Coronavirus in China over the past three days has slowed considerably, the number of cases in countries such as Italy, France, and Iran has continued to rise

Photographer: BBC News
This graph displays the number of Covid-19 cases, deaths, and recoveries over time.

In France, people are still having picnics together and meeting up in social gatherings, even though the military is enforcing the restrictions and all public places are closed. This lack of discipline and disregard for the safety of others has exacerbated the spread of the virus in not only France but many other countries.

In Italy, the country with the 2nd most Covid-19 cases, isolation has become more effective due to authorities playing a greater role in the enforcement of these regulations. The spread of the virus is attributed mainly to the lack of initial social distancing. According to Worldometer, as of today, there are over 59,000 cases there, and there have been almost 5,500 recorded deaths, which is around a 9% mortality rate.

In Iran, there have been over 23,000 cases, and almost 2,000 deaths. The UN has criticized the government as doing “too little too late” to contain the spread of the virus, even with “temporarily releasing” 70,000 prisoners to slow the spread.

In contrast, Qatar, along with other Gulf states, was praised by the World Health Organization for an effective and rapid response. Currently, Qatar has almost 500 cases, over 30 recoveries, and no deaths. According to Al-Jazeera, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Qatar, the government has restricted travel to “Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Thailand.” Alongside this, strict self-containment is encouraged, with students from schools and universities, and people in other places working and learning from home until further notice.

To prevent the spread of this virus, it is vital to self-isolate! Public gatherings don’t only affect your safety, but that of everyone you come into contact with.