COVID-19 Across The Globe

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As the COVID-19 cases in the United States rise, it’s interesting to see how other countries have been handling COVID-19 and determining whether they’re doing better or worse than we are. According to The Cut – a lifestyle magazine – more than 14.7 million people have tested positive, along with more than 281,000 death as of December 6th. With over 66.9 million cases spread across the globe, the United States has the highest amount of cases. 

Although most states require residents to wear masks in social settings, there are a few states where this isn’t a requirement. Masks not being mandatory in every state, along with not staying socially distant, both play a major role in the rise of our COVID-19 cases. 

It seems that some European countries have taken a different approach towards handling the virus and are strict with their rules. Germany is continuing its partial lockdown, while France is easing up on theirs. Partial lockdowns consist of having only specific things open, such as schools and shops, while entertainments continue to stay closed. Countries such as Greece and the Netherlands have nationwide curfews that shut down all shops and businesses at a certain time.

According to Time magazine, while Asia has been fairly good at limiting the spread of COVIS-19, the cases have been starting to spike. At the beginning of the pandemic, Japan had been one of the few countries to take control and successfully limit the spread of the virus, but it looks like the cases are starting to due to the reopening of their economy. With Japan having the oldest population in the world, ( 28% over the age of 65) it’s vital for them to stop the spread as soon as possible. Along with Japan, the cases in South Korea and Hong Kong have started to spike too, though the Hong Kong government plans to fine those who break their social distancing rules. 

Countries in Africa are also starting to see a  rise in cases too. According to BBC News, some countries that have recently been increasing in numbers include Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria. Countries like Kenya and South Africa flattened the curve back in July, but their cases are starting to see a rise again, with South Africa having the highest cases in Africa. Fortunately, the cases in Senegal and Equatorial Guinea have sustained a decline in these past few months.

Similar to Europe, the countries in Central and South America have different restrictions for their different countries. In Argentina, all tourism is banned until further notice and only those who a special permit may enter. Those who are allowed into the country must quarantine for 14 days in a hotel. Unlike Argentina, many other countries allow flights to come in for tourism. Countries like Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Paraguay are all open for tourism.

As we see a rise in various countries across the globe, it’s interesting to see how each country decides to handle the cases. It will also be interesting to see how the United States will handle COVID-19 in just a few weeks with talks of Biden’s plan in hopes to stop the spread.