By Kanan Alibayov
IF this is truly not about virus than what is this about. Some prefer to call it political science…
where authority flexes their power.
we live in the world where our economy and politics embedded into geopolitical balance
where we can’t really talk about US as an isolated entity so therefor the domestic affairs are also geopolitically embedded. this political view is more clear with 2nd and 3rd world countries as big powers influence through political parties, presidents, military, police, governors, mayors, media, education and etc.
China Locks Down 17.5 Million More People as Daily COVID-19 Cases Reach 2-Year High
China placed 17.5 million residents of the southern city of Shenzhen into a lockdown that’s due to last until at least March 20, according to a city government notice.
The extreme measures, which came after COVID-19 cases doubled nationwide to nearly 3,400 due to the Omicron variant, extend restrictions placed earlier on the city’s central business district. The surge in infections is thought to be linked to the neighboring city of Hong Kong, where about 300,000 people are currently in isolation or under home quarantine. Alongside the lockdown, Shenzhen will launch three rounds of mass testing of residents.
All bus and subway systems across the city have been ordered to shut down. Businesses, except those providing essential services will also close, and employees will work from home if they can. Residents will be barred from leaving the city, except in limited situations, and they will need to produce a negative SARS-CoV-2 test within 24 hours.
South Korea‘s Record Daily COVID-19 Caseload Stays Above 350,000 for Second Day in a Row
South Korea‘s daily COVID-19 cases stayed over 350,000 for two days in a row, government data showed on Sunday (March 13).
According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, the country reported 350,190 new COVID-19 cases during the 24 hours of Saturday. The daily tally was slightly down from the all-time high of 383,665 seen the previous day. The decrease was likely due to fewer people being tested during the weekend.
As the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 continues to grip the country, the number of COVID-19 related deaths and critically ill patients also remained at their highest levels in South Korea since the beginning of the pandemic.
Hong Kong Hospitals Are So Overwhelmed They’re Keeping the Dead in Wards With COVID-19 Patients
For several weeks, dead bodies have been piling up at hospitals because Hong Kong’s public mortuaries, which can take up to 3,000 bodies, are full. The surge in COVID-19 cases has swamped ambulance services, prisons, banks and even the post office, leaving them severely understaffed. The government’s pandemic policy that requires close contacts of COVID-19 cases to quarantine has just made the situation worse.
Health officials addressed the issue of dead bodies in hospitals after several images circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp depicting silver body bags on gurneys lined up in public hospital wards. In some cases, the dead were tucked beside beds with recovering patients.
“For some of the bodies, we have not been able to move them from the wards to the mortuary,” said Sara Ho, the chief manager of patient safety and risk management at Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority. “It may cause some concerns among patients.”