Covid-19

I returned from six months in the Philippines a week ago. The population of the Philippines is 109, 757,035 and as of August 11, they had experienced 143,749 cases of Covid-19 and had 2,404 deaths which is 22 deaths per 1 million of population.

The U.K. population is 67,926,890 and as of the same date had 313,798 cases and 46,706 deaths which is 688 per 1 million of population.

The U.S. population is 331,224,597 and has had 5,334,767 cases and 168,535 deaths which is 509 per 1 million of population.

Brazil has a population of 212,731,302 and has had 3,123,109 cases and 103,421 deaths which is 486 per 1 million of population.

Germany has a population of 83,814,910 and has had 219,648 cases with 9,269 deaths which is 111 per 1 million of population.

The world average is 96.1 deaths per 1 million of population.

In London, many people do not wear masks when out and about. I took a bus today and one is required to wear a mask on buses but a man got on in front of me with no mask and the driver said nothing to him. A single decker bus is restricted to just 14 passengers and a double decker to 30 passengers and many seats have tape across them to enforce social distancing.

In Manila, the police enforce mask wearing and there were checkpoints to enforce this. There were heavy fines if you disobeyed. When Malls reopened,  to enter them you had your temperature taken first and then you could enter. If you went to a restaurant, you had to fill out a form with your name, address, phone number and the time you were in the restaurant so you could be traced if someone proved to have an infection.

Many people would say that the Philippines is a third world country but they have handled Covid-19 better than many so-called first world countries like the U.K., the U.S., Brazil.

Germans obey Government rules in general but in countries like the U.K., the U.S. and Brazil – all governed by right wing politicians – they show a laissez faire attitude to this killer disease. Is that sensible? Why are the people allowed to put other people in danger by ignoring the rules?

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