Anti-lockdown protests continue around the world
Global situation with COVID-19 remains grave. Reported cases of the novel coronavirus infection worldwide are now very close to 2.5 million. Despite the imposed lockdown restrictions all over the world, the number of new COVID-19 cases is growing and not slowing down.
The United States remains the country with the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world. The COVID-19 infected nearly 800,000 people and killed more than 41,000 patients in the U.S. Meanwhile, at the time when the government authorities are fighting against the novel coronavirus, the U.S. citizens got tired of the quarantine measures. Thus, people in the majority of the U.S. states demand to ease the self-isolation restrictions. They want to be able to go to work.
Nearly 2,500 people rallied outside the Washington State Capitol to call for the end of the stay-at-home order designed to protect citizens from the COVID-19. The protesters from the whole Washington state drove to Olympia, the state capital, and gathered in the central street of the city next to the Capitol Building, honking car horns in protest of lockdown measures. Earlier the similar rallies against the rigorous quarantine restrictions were held in the states of Michigan, Kentucky and Utah. Neither the fact that the number of new coronavirus cases is growing exponentially in the country, nor the high number of the deaths scares those who protest for lifting the strict lockdown measures.
“Local authorities cause real damage to the economy with their decisions. Almost all companies in the Washington state are temporarily closed. It is depressing,” said one of the protesters.
“It feels like we all are under a house arrest. Why can’t we go to work if we wear protective masks and gloves, as well as keep a necessary distance from each other and comply with all the protective measures?” noted another protester.
“The best way to protect yourself from infection is to boost your immune system. I am taking care of my body. I eat healthy and take vitamins. I want to have freedom to go to the office,” reiterated another protester.
Hundreds of people have taken to the streets in Brazil to protest the lockdown measures amidst coronavirus pandemic. Protesters chanted slogans against the Brazil’s Congress and Supreme Court as these institutions supported the rigorous coronavirus restrictions imposed by the government.
Anti-lockdown protests are being held in other parts of the world as well, and Russia is not an exception. People in North Ossetia took to the streets in protest against the self-isolation regime over the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, in Spain, which is the second hardest-hit country in the pandemic, self-isolation regime goes smoothly. This bears its results. Over the last 24 hours, the country recorded the lowest daily coronavirus death toll in the month of April. In addition, according to Reuters, the Spain’s death toll from COVID-19 rose by 410 on Sunday, April 19, which is nearly a half below the highest daily increase reported on April 2. Spain reported a total of over 200,000 coronavirus cases. The country is conducting around 40,000 COVID-19 tests daily, one of the highest numbers among European countries.
In Europe, coronavirus cases reached more than 1.12 million. According to the data from the Johns Hopkins University, a total of more than 180,000 COVID-19 cases were recorded in Italy and more than 156,000 coronavirus cases were reported in France. Germany is the fifth-worst affected country by the novel coronavirus in the world. The COVID-19 infected more than 147,000 people there.
China, the country where the coronavirus outbreak was first reported, recorded a total of more than 84,200 cases of infection. The country reported 11 new coronavirus cases as of April 20. There have been no deaths for several consecutive days, according to the country’s National Health Commission.
However, no vaccine against the novel coronavirus was found yet. Currently, more than 30 labs worldwide are developing and testing the COVID-19 vaccine.