These are the countries where the restaurants are still open and you can live your old life during the coronavirus lockdown
There are currently over 6 billion people living on lockdown, over 71,950 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection, 33,633 confirmed deaths and out those infected, around 5% or 26,737 are either in serious or critical condition.
While those numbers are already a serious wakeup for local governments, some countries are saying there is no need to panic.
Take Belarus as an example. The president, Alexander Lukashenko refuses to cancel anything and says vodka and saunas will cure any COVID-19 symptoms. Very few measures have been enforced to curb coronavirus in Belarus and instead, people are being urged to drink vodka and go to saunas. On top of that, all the sporting events are taking place as usual and this picture tells everything about the mood on the ground.
The football organizers have said they do not intend to postpone any matches or to cancel the season. President Alexander Lukashenko took part in an ice hockey match last week - declaring that sport "is the best anti-virus remedy".
Another country, Sweden, is the only EU country that has not yet introduced strict quarantine measures. Although the Prime Minister of the Scandinavian kingdom, Stephen Leuven, urged citizen to mentally prepare for an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19, the Swedish authorities are in no hurry to limit public life.
According to Spiegel Online, the cafes and restaurants of Stockholm are packed to capacity - perhaps now visitors have been obliged to sit at their tables and not crowd around the bar. More recently, mass gatherings of people within 500 people were allowed in the country, which many theaters and concert halls used to sell tickets for 499 spectators.
The chief epidemiologist in Sweden, Anders Tegnell, who heads the public health agency, responsible for these decisions, continues to insist that "the population should be ill with the virus." At the same time, his British and Dutch colleagues still refused this approach. According to Johns Hopkins University, already 3069 patients with coronavirus have been identified in Sweden, 105 patients have died. Now, 500 intensive care beds have been deployed throughout the country, although experts admit that this is at least three times less than might be needed in a critical situation.
Another country, Brazil, called the pandemic a momentary, minor problem and saying strong measures to contain it are unnecessary. The Brazilian Presidentm Jair Bolsonaro told reporters that he feels Brazilians’ natural immunity will protect the nation.
“The Brazilian needs to be studied. He doesn’t catch anything. You see a guy jumping into sewage, diving in, right? Nothing happens to him. I think a lot of people were already infected in Brazil, weeks or months ago, and they already have the antibodies that help it not proliferate,” Bolsonaro said. “I’m hopeful that’s really a reality.”
The number of COVID-19 cases approach 4,000, deaths top 100. And while he believe that the virus will be vanquished by a cocktail of drugs and Brazil’s tropical climate, analysts say a more calculated political gamble may underlie his increasingly defiant position.
In Singapore, tourism receipts rose to S$27.1 billion (US$19 billion) in 2019 based on preliminary estimates, from S$26.9 billion the year before. Even though tourist arriving in Singapore must be placed in quarantine for 14 days, all the restaurants, pubs, gym, hotel are open. Singapore, as with many other countries that did not took a more drastic approach during the epidemic and people are now living their daily life as other countries once did.
No one knows which approach will work better, as we haven’t seen anything like this before so only time will tell. Bemorepanda has published a research by the Imperial College London (UK) with three different scenarios of the coronavirus epidemic here.
Super offer! Cypriot government pays for your holiday if you become infected with the new coronavirus in Cyprus
The operation to attract tourists in times of pandemic has begun. With more and more people preferring to stay home this summer for fear of the new coronavirus, countries that base their economy on tourism are doing everything they can to persuade them to travel. The Cypriot authorities have announced a new measure: they will cover the cost of the holiday for tourists tested positive after entering this country.
The Cypriot government announced on Thursday that it will cover the cost of the holiday for any tourist who will contract the new coronavirus in Cyprus.
Authorities have pledged to cover the cost of accommodation, food, drink and medicines for travelers tested positive for coronavirus after entering Cyprus. Tourists will only bear the cost of the transfer to the airport and the return ticket to the country of origin.
A hospital with a capacity of 100 beds will only be made available to foreign visitors who contract the virus and extra beds can be provided if needed, according to the government.
For travelers with severe symptoms, authorities will provide 112 seats for intensive care and 200 medical ventilators.
A number of 500 rooms in "quarantine hotels" will be offered to close contacts of people infected with coronavirus. And this number can be supplemented as needed.
The hotel room where a tourist who contracted the virus was accommodated will be carefully disinfected before being used again.
According to Johns Hopkins University, 939 cases of Covid-19 and 17 deaths from the disease have been confirmed in Cyprus.
In the fight against the pandemic, Russia has launched its own vaccine. In the absence of internationally verifiable data on efficacy and possible side effects, the international community has suspicions about Sputnik V. Instead, the Russians have full confidence in it.
Despite serious concerns from experts that the vaccine was made in a hurry without all the necessary tests, more than 40 countries have so far decided to trust it and, to varying degrees, have approved the use of Sputnik V.
Sputnik V is a vaccine with viral virus. This means that it uses a modified version of a different virus as a tool to transport genetic material to a cell. Sputnik V was developed using adenoviruses, which normally cause respiratory infections, but other viruses (including influenza or measles virus) have been used for other viral vector therapies.
The virus, which is used as a vector, is modified so that it does not pose any threat of causing a disease. It is also inserted with an additional gene that is unique to the target virus. For COVID-19 vaccines, this gene contains instructions on how to make a spike protein, which is found on the surface of the coronavirus.
Once a person receives the vaccine, the vector enters a cell and uses it to produce spike proteins. As soon as the immune system recognizes the spike proteins, it begins to produce antibodies and activates other immune processes in the body. If the system interacts with the real virus in the future, it already knows how to fight it.
Bemorepanda collected some funny memes.
2.Sputnik V transformation
7.Superhero after Sputnik
8.The light after Sputnik V vaccine
9.Putin getting orders on the vaccine
10.Vaccine kicks in
11.I said release it
15.Putin after vaccine
16.I serve Soviet Union
19.Worries about vaccine
20.Tried the vaccine
22.No side effect
23.No side effects
26.Who invented are useless
34.Untested Russian vaccine
35.Vaccine is almost ready
36.Finding a cure
40.Some small effects
The coronavirus spreads and continuously affects everyone, no matter where, on plane or ground. The virus resulted a new record for the world's longest commercial flight in distance, after an Air Tahiti Nui plane was forced to fly from French Polynesia to France in an epic, nonstop, 16-hour trip across 9,765-miles.
On March 14, Air Tahiti Nui flight TN064 from Tahiti to Paris became the longest recorded scheduled passenger flight by distance, The Independent reports. It took it flight from Papeete at 3 a.m., on the local time, on Saturday and touched the ground at Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris at 6:30 a.m. local time on Sunday, according to the New York Post.
Though the flight there is a stop in Los Angeles to pick up passengers and refuel, but not this time, due to imposed bans, it was prohibited for the planes that have at the board foreign nations that have been to Europe, to enter the U.S.
From start to finish, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner reportedly spent about 15 hours and 45 minutes flying.
Though the Saturday flight happend because of the current travel ban, it beaten the distance record for a 9,534-mile passenger flight between Singapore and Newark, established by Singapore Airlines.
What are the top 10 longest flights?
- Singapore Airlines: Newark (EWR) to Singapore (SIN): 9,521 miles; 18 hours, 45 minutes
- Qatar Airways: Auckland (AKL) to Doha (DOH): 9,032 miles; 17 hours, 40 minutes
- Qantas: Perth (PER) to London Heathrow (LHR): 9,010 miles; 17 hours, 20 minutes
- Emirates: Auckland (AKL) to Dubai (DXB): 8,824 miles; 17 hours, 20 minutes
- United Airlines (until October 27) and Singapore Airlines (starting November 2): Los Angeles (LAX) to Singapore (SIN): 8,770 miles; 17 hours, 15-50 minutes
- United Airlines: Houston (IAH) to Sydney (SYD): 8,596 miles; 17 hours, 20 minutes
- Qantas: Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) to Sydney (SYD): 8,578 miles; 17 hours, 15 minutes
- United Airlines and Singapore Airlines: San Francisco (SFO) to Singapore (SIN): 8,446 miles; 16 hours, 35-40 minutes
- Delta Air Lines: Johannesburg (JNB) to Atlanta (ATL): 8,439 miles; 16 hours, 27 minutes
- Etihad: Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Los Angeles (LAX): 8,390 miles; 16 hours, 30 minutes
The coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world. A pandemic has been declared, people are asked to stay at home and go outside only if absolutely necessary. Someone panics, and someone, although they take this situation seriously, does not forget about humor. In order to cheer you up during quarantine, the editors of the First Regional website have collected the best jokes and anecdotes about coronavirus and quarantine. Laugh and be healthy!
The coronavirus is taking over more and more countries, air traffic with the whole world is being interrupted, those who have been abroad are self-isolating, resorts, shopping and entertainment centers, cafes and restaurants are closing. Every day, the news of the coronavirus pandemic snowballs.
In response, photoshoots, memes, and funny videos are spreading at the same speed on the Internet, and entrepreneurs are beginning to repurpose production and release creative "anti-coronavirus" products. Bemorepanda collected all of them.
1.Going to be sunny
2.Logging off from my work
3.The first call
4.Its the worst friday
9.I will not engage
11.Ripping off mask
12.I need a day
16.One of those days
17.Cup of coffee
19.Background of a meeting
20.Emerging from my room
21.What's the situation
24.About this week
26.Name to Emily
27.We are tired
28.Possibly go wrong
29.Asking for input
32.My vibe right now
37.Eat out to help out
38.My plans vs 2020
40.Plans of 2020
41.Me right now
42.Zoom needs a button
43.Longest year ever
44.As soon as quarantine is over
45.A movie right now
46.I want to go out
47.That's about 2020
49.Wanna travel so bad
50.This is how it looks
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Every day, almost every country in the world counts its sick or dead because of the new coronavirus. Brazil has now become the second most affected country, after the United States. There are few places that have not been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. But there are, however, some last "points of resistance" on Earth.
Africa, a continent that seemed spared for a time of pandemic, now has no "untouched" country after including the isolated Lesotho, a high-altitude country, practically an enclave in South Africa, has already announced the first cases, in the middle of the month May.
However, some countries seem to be exempt from this wave. Of the 193 UN-recognized states, only ten have reported no cases of COVID-19.
Among them is the Samoa Islands, which has a population of 250,000. Affected by a measles epidemic that took the lives of 70 children, at the end of 2019, this archipelago in Oceania quickly declared a state of emergency, closed its schools and airport. According to France Info, the head of state ordered the population a period of fasting and prayer.
North of Australia, Vanuatu, a country in the southern Pacific Ocean, made up of about 80 islands stretching 1,300 kilometers, has not reported any cases of COVID-19. Devastated by Cyclone Harold on April 6, the small state was reluctant to accept help from abroad, for fear that this aid would bring with it another catastrophe: the coronavirus.
Another pandemic-spared Pacific state: the Solomon Islands and its 653,000 inhabitants. The 12 main islands and the 1,000 islets surrounding them have so far had no cases of coronavirus.
Micronesia, a federal state that occupies part of the Caroline Islands archipelago off the Philippines, is also part of these end-of-the-world territories that have so far escaped the coronavirus.
The same is true of the Republic of Nauru, a slightly larger island-state than Monaco, lost somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. With 160 tourists a year, it is one of the least visited places in the world. The island banned travelers from China, South Korea, Italy and then Iran, however, and suspended flights from Fiji, Kiribati and Marshall Islands.
Further west, between the Philippines and Indonesia, the Palau Islands, in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, have also benefited from their geographical isolation. Despite coronavirus contamination in late northern Mariana Islands in the east, the government has not reported any cases of COVID-19. Instead, this small country is facing significant supply shortages. Prior to the pandemic, United Airlines had six flights a week between Guam and Palau. Now there is only one flight a week.
The Marshall Islands, made up of volcanoes and coral atolls and populated by only 75,000 inhabitants, have also remained untouched by the coronavirus.
No cases have been reported in the island republic of Kiribati, with its 33 atolls, located between Polynesia and Micronesia.
All of these countries are spread across the Pacific Ocean, sometimes thousands of miles from a large city. This geographical isolation, which does not usually bring them benefits, has now proven to be a lifeline, especially as there are countries that usually do not have very strong health systems. There are small and fragile populations, which do not have, for example, artificial ventilation devices. If an epidemic broke out, their population could be decimated.
Two "free" coronavirus countries should be viewed with reluctance
There are two other countries that, so far, have not declared any case of contamination with the new coronavirus: North Korea and Turkmenistan. In both cases, the information must be viewed with reluctance, because it is governed by authoritarian regimes, too reluctant to communicate, especially when it comes to recognizing an epidemic.
In fact, North Korea placed its military forces in isolation for 30 days, according to the head of the American troops stationed in South Korea.
In Turkmenistan, you are not even allowed to talk about coronavirus. The state media remains silent and the term does not appear in medical leaflets distributed in schools, hospitals and workplaces, according to Chroniques du Turkménistan, one of the few independent sources of information whose website is blocked in Turkmenistan but is hosted by the organization Reporters Without Borders.