What will life be after coronavirus pandemic? The answer to this question is in Wuhan
Four months after the first cases of coronavirus were recorded and three months after total quarantine was declared in Wuhan, the Chinese authorities changed the status of the city from closed to open to the public. However, the metropolis, apparently, it will take more time for the city to return to normal life - consumer activity is at zero, and there will probably be no foreign investors for several more years.
In Wuhan, a Chinese metropolis with a population of 12 million people, where coronavirus cases were first recorded in December 2019, quarantine is officially canceled on Wednesday, April 8. Trains will start to run from the city and it will be possible to fly by plane, intercity automobile communication will be restored. But this will not mean a return to normal, Bloomberg reports.
Despite the fact that now the number of new infections per day does not exceed 30 compared to several thousand in February, the shock from the epidemic still persists, and the fear of the second wave does not allow businesses to resume work at “pre-virus” levels. Fears are fueled by the fact that cases of infection in people who do not have symptoms of the disease are still being detected in the city. It is such asymptomatic cases that played a huge role in the spread of the epidemic. “Silent carriers,” up to a third of those whose tests tested positive for coronavirus, wrote the South China Morning Post in late March, citing Chinese government data. At the same time, Chinese doctors claim that an asymptomatic patient can infect a maximum of one person.
"Before and after"
Wuhan is the center of one of the most important industrial regions of China, Hubei Province. Before the outbreak, the provincial GDP was expected to grow by 7.5–7.8% in 2020. The city’s attractiveness for doing business has grown rapidly - according to the report of the Milken Institute for 2019, Wuhan ranked 9th in terms of aggregate economic indicators among all Chinese cities, rising seven lines in a year. Business in the city ranged from biomedicine and chip manufacturing to auto parts. Coronavirus delivered a painful blow to all of this.
In February alone, Hubei’s domestic regional product fell by at least 50%, and budget lost about $ 1 billion, estimates Chen Bo, an economics professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan.
Shopping centers in Wuhan reopened, but they are mostly empty, most people are still too scared to go shopping for non-essential items. “I'm happy if no one comes in,” admits sales assistant at Calvin Klein's store at Wuhan International Plaza. “It's safer.” Typically, customers left 20,000 yuan (about $ 3,000) in the store over the weekend, and there were only two purchases in the week that passed since the store opened after the outbreak on March 30.
Such sentiments are ubiquitous. For example, in order to maintain a distance between sellers in shops and buyers, real walls are build in the city - 2 meters in height.
The movement of residents remains under tight control, and officials are on high alert for an outbreak. The Chinese government tracks residents through QR codes embedded in Alipay payment system and Wechat social network. Each application user automatically receives their health status at midnight - green, yellow or red - depending on their location, basic health information and travel history. Only those with a green code can leave their apartments and go to work. It is easy to lose the color of the code necessary for movement: it is enough to visit a shopping center, where later a case of infection with coronavirus will be revealed — then the green color turns yellow and implies self-isolation of the house.
Xiaomi Corp. employees who return to work are instructed not to enter the office elevator for more than five people each. At the same time, you can only stand in the elevator in accordance with special marks on the floor.
Five-star hotels are up and running again, but the buffet has been reduced to a few basic dishes, packed in individual disposable containers.
Li Jing, 33, who provides visitors with apartments, admits that Wuhan is now “clearly not the place people choose to visit first.” To lure guests, before each check-in, Lee will carry out a three-hour disinfection and expand the menu of services for guests. However, he admits that his apartments may be vacant for several weeks and even months.
Investors will not come
Officially, the plants in Wuhan can already resume work, but people are not in a hurry to return to jobs, and the supply chain must now be reorganized. One of the largest factories in Wuhan is the joint production of Peugeot cars by the PSA Group and the Chinese Dongfeng Motor Group. Machine assembly has resumed, but employees indicate that supply chains are intermittent. According to one of the plant’s managers, Mei Yunfeng, many of the company's suppliers have not yet returned to the same level as business as ussual.
“The outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic destroyed Wuhan’s plans to integrate more tightly into the global supply chain,” said Professor Chen from Huazhong University. The implications for tourism and foreign investment will continue for a long time. Chen points out that after the outbreak of SARS in 2003, foreign direct investment in Guangdong, where the epidemic began, stopped for two to three years. “The same thing will happen to Wuhan,” he is pessimistic. “Investors will be careful, fearing new outbreaks of the disease, in addition, it will seem to them that the city is poorly managed.”
China announced the end of the coronavirus epidemic
Chinese authorities have announced the end of the coronavirus epidemic in the country. This was announced at a briefing by the official representative of the State Committee for Health of the People's Republic of China, Mi Feng.
Feng said that as of March 28, the number of confirmed cases of infection throughout the country was less than three thousand. Thus, the spread of infection in China was stopped.
According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University (USA), the total number of cases of coronavirus infection in China is just over 82 thousand. 75.5 thousand people recovered, 3.3 thousand died. Now in the first place in the world in the number of cases of coronavirus - the United States. Almost 125 thousand infected were detected there.
On March 22, it was reported that several tens of thousands of coronavirus infected in China were not included in official statistics due to the absence of symptoms. This was written by the local press with reference to closed government data. Thus, according to reporters, the number of cases in China can reach 125 thousand.
In the rest in the world, the number of infections are growing day by day, reaching over 700.000 cases with 32,144 deaths. Out of those infected, 25,423 are in either serious or critical condition. Italy has been the worst country affected, with 10,023 confirmed deaths followed by Spain, with 6,528 cases.
A small island nation in the Indian Ocean, Comoros, has given China a gift of €100 to help in the fight against the coronavirus. While Dr Ahamada Msa M'liva, who leads the delegation acknowledged that this might not be enough, he argues that every little helps.
“We know the capacities and the means of China, but by this gesture, the association wanted to show to the Chinese people how much the Comorians feel concerned,” Dr M'liva said.
He also praised the Chinese authorities for the communication and cooperation with international organizations fighting the coronavirus outbreak, which he described as a “complex and painful ordeal.”
The gift-giving ceremony took place in the country’s capital Moroni in early January but has only been reported to media in recent days.
The coronavirus death toll in China have passed the mark of 1,300, with roughly 43,000 people infected worldwide. So far, most of the deaths took place in Mainland China and no cure has been found. There are reports that many travelers are canceling their trip to Asia following the outbreak and a number of companies have pulled out of the biggest Mobile Wold Conference.
Global Coronavirus deaths reaches a new record of 20,000
As of today, the 25th of March the coronavirus has killed more than 20,912 people worldwide and the majority of them are from Europe, reaching a number of 13,582 people, according to AFP.
The number of cases infected with coronavirus passed 463,408, while 113,802 have recovered. More than 328,704 patients are in mild conditions and 14,379 are in either serious or critical condition.
Italy is the most affected country with over 7,503 death followed by Spain with 3,434 deaths and China, with 3,281.
As more countries are faced with complete lockdown, US Senate leader have agreed a $2 trillion stimulus package with the White House.
India is now on a lockdown for 21 days, with more than 1.3 million people on quarantine. Narendra Modi, the prime minister, told Indians that he was banning people from leaving their homes in order to save the country, all the citizens and their family. He also stressed that if after 21 days the situation will not stop or improve then the country’s development risked being set back 21 years.
New Zealand has declared State of National Emergency after reporting more than 200 cases of coronavirus. Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister, called on every citizen to ‘act like you have Covid-19’ and warned that those violating compulsory stay-at-home rules would face “no tolerance”.
As of today, there are more than three billion people living under lockdown measures in order to stop spreading the coronavirus, which the United Nations warned that is threatening all of humanity.
“Covid-19 is threatening the whole of humanity – and the whole of humanity must fight back,” UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said, launching an appeal for $2 billion to help the world’s poor.
“Global action and solidarity are crucial. Individual country responses are not going to be enough.”
New compilation of funniest coronavirus jokes to boost your mood and stay positive – October 2020
As of October 2020, there are more than 34 million coronavirus cases worldwide and 1 million deaths. On top of the list, the United States reports the largest number of people infected with the new COVID-19 - over 7,5 mil confirmed cases, followed by India - 6.4 mil and Brazil - 5 mil.
While most of us got used to living under the new pandemic reality, Bemorepanda continues to publish new compilations of funny coronavirus jokes and memes that will make us forget, at least for a while, about the serious consequence that the virus has on our health, society and the global economy.
In this said moments for all of us, if there is only one thing we can do to stay positive is humor. Some people are so bored that they’re finding creative way to spend their downtime. From pretending to be in the tube while actually in the shower to sending a dog to buy Cheetos, Bemorepanda has collected a new list of the most popular pictures trending today.
You can view the old list here
The Do's and Don's of wearing a face mask for Dogs
Just a usual wedding in 2020
New Covid-19 Weeding invitation in 2020
Donal Trump finally passed a test - only its for COVID-19
Kids returning to school after Coronavirus ends.
Stay Away from Negative People VS Stay Away from Negative People
New Coronavirus etiquette in 2020
As no one knows how long the quarantine will last, people are making fun to buy a Christmas tree, just in case it will last till December
Many users are afraid that when the quarantine will be over, it will be hard to maintain the standards of cooking each day
No words :D
After being in a quarantine for 6 days, a father is giving coronavirus classes to the cats :)
How to talk with your cat about gun safety. Perfect timing during Coronavirus pandemic
Because all the beauty salons have been closed, Instagram is said to be reporting a sharp decrease in selfies all over the world
People wonder if drinking at 10am during coronavirus is acceptable
How construction workers are spending their time during lockdown
Sarcastic picture of a wife living with her husband together for 2 weeks during the quarantine
Now is a perfect excuse for all the single people out there to
justify why are they single :)
After speaking with my wife for two weeks while in quarantine, it turns out that she is not so bad after all
This is the look on my face when I'm at home and my manager want's to speak with me
A guy who is on quarantine send his Chihuahua dog to the local grocery store to buy Cheetos and he actually delivers
If you miss going to work every day, doctors are suggesting to continue doing your daily routine
As the number of people infected with the deadly virus reached almost half a million people and most of the countries have declared state of emergency, the number of deaths have climbed to 22,026. Spain has now reported the biggest increase in death, 442 for the previous day with over 6,673 new cases of confirmed infection.
Also, India is now in complete lockdown with a population of over 1,3 billion people. Narendra Modi, the prime minister stressed that if after 21 days the situation will not stop or improve then the country’s development risked being set back 21 years.
What are the latest 20 most funny Coronavirs Jokes?
Why did the chicken cross the road? Because the chicken behind it didn’t know how to socially distance properly.
Why do they call it the novel coronavirus? A: It’s a long story…
What types of jokes are allowed during quarantine? A: Inside jokes
Two grandmothers were bragging about their precious darlings. One of them says to the other, “Mine are so good at social distancing, they won’t even call me.”
Who’s idea was it to sing “Happy Birthday” while washing your hands? Now every time I go to the bathroom, my kids expect me to walk out with a cake.
My husband purchased a world map and then gave me a dart and said, “Throw this and wherever it lands—that’s where I’m taking you when this pandemic ends.” Turns out, we’re spending two weeks behind the fridge.
Ran out of toilet paper and started using lettuce leaves. Today was just the tip of the iceberg, tomorrow romaines to be seen.
My mom always told me I wouldn’t accomplish anything by lying in bed all day. But look at me now, ma! I’m saving the world!
After years of wanting to thoroughly clean my house but lacking the time, this week I discovered that wasn’t the reason.
If I keep stress-eating at this level, the buttons on my shirt will start socially distancing from each other.
Every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.
Yesterday I ran out of soap and body wash and all I could find was dish detergent. Then it Dawned on me.
Being quarantined with a talkative child is like having an insane parrot glued to your shoulder
I never thought the comment “I wouldn’t touch them with a six-foot pole” would become a national policy, but here we are!
The World Health Organization announced that dogs cannot contract COVID-19. Dogs previously held in quarantine can now be released. To be clear, WHO let the dogs out.
I’m not talking to myself, I’m having a parent-teacher conference.
This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came into my house, told my dog–we laughed a lot.
I finished Netflix today.
Pollen still coming out during a global pandemic? Bitch read the room.
– Knock knock. Who is there? Seriously, don’t touch my door and get back 6 meters to social distance.
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In two months the world can run out of condoms
The largest condom manufacturer, Malaysia-based company Karex Bhd, has warned that condom shortages could occur in the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bloomberg reported March 28.
Karex Bhd CEO Goh Miah Kiat told the agency that the demand for condoms is growing "in double digits" because many people in different countries are at home due to quarantine, and many do not want to have children because of an uncertain future.
Due to quarantine, three Karex Bhd factories in Malaysia did not work for more than a week. On March 25, the company resumed production, but only half of the employees were allowed to work, Reuters reported.
Goh Miah Kiat predicts that condom shortages will be everywhere, but especially in Africa, where supplies of condoms as part of humanitarian programs can drag on for months.
In addition, Karex Bhd suggests that condom prices will rise.
Karex Bhd produces more than 5 billion condoms per year (about 20% of the global market) and exports them to more than 140 countries. The company produces condoms for well-known brands such as Durex, and also sells products under its own brand.
Reuters noted that other major condom producing countries are China, where the outbreak of the coronavirus began and where production stopped for a while, as well as India and Thailand, where the number of infected people is growing.
An outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus infection began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. March 11, the World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
According to the American Johns Hopkins University, on March 30, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 755 thousand, of which 36 211 people died, more than 156 thousand recovered. According to CNN, a third of the world's population is about 2.5 billion people because of the coronavirus quarantined.
In Malaysia, according to official data as of March 30, 2626 cases of coronavirus infection were registered, 37 of them ended fatally.