WorldLiving with Covid-19: facts from 5 countries

Living with Covid-19: facts from 5 countries


Denmark

The Danish government lifted all restrictions against Covid-19 on September 10, saying that Covid-19 was no longer a “disease that poses a serious threat to society”.
Danes can now go to bars and restaurants without holding a “Covid passport”, use public transport without wearing a mask, and meet with large numbers of participants.

A field Covid-19 vaccination site for attendees of the Danish band’s concert, “The Minds of 99”, in Copenhagen

The key to this success is partly due to the Covid-19 vaccination campaign. By September 13, more than 74% of the Danish population had received 2 full doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. The Covid-19 infection rate in Denmark is 0.7 – meaning that the pandemic is on the decline.

Despite all the optimistic data, the Danish health minister called for caution: “Although we are currently on the right track, we are not yet out of the Pandemic. The government will not hesitate to act quickly if the pandemic again threatens vital functions of society.”

Singapore

In June 2021, the Singaporean government announced that it was planning a strategy for living with Covid-19, an effort to control outbreaks with vaccines and monitor hospital admissions rather than restricting people’s lives. people.
Some restrictions in Singapore were eased in August, fully vaccinated people were able to go to restaurants and gather up to 5 people. However, the number of Covid-19 infections suddenly skyrocketed because the Delta variant delayed Singapore’s strategy of living with the pandemic.

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Open orders must be paused. Singapore authorities have warned that restrictions may be reintroduced if the new outbreak is not contained.

Singapore’s Covid-19 anti-Pandemic team said it will make efforts to limit infections, aggressively trace contacts, limit outbreaks, and regularly test high-risk workers.

Despite the increase in the number of infections, the country’s authorities insist that the number of people with severe symptoms is still low thanks to the vaccination campaign. Previously, Singapore pursued a “zero-Covid” strategy and had a rate of 2 doses of Covid-19 vaccination up to 81% of the population, among the highest in the world.

Thailand

Thailand is expected to open Bangkok and other famous tourist destinations from next month. The country is trying to revive the tourism industry, although the number of Covid-19 cases is still increasing.
According to Reuters, travelers who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and agree to participate in the testing program will be allowed to visit Bangkok, Hua Hin, Pattaya and Chiang Mai. Phuket Island opened its doors to foreign visitors who had had enough vaccinations on July 1 without needing to be quarantined. On July 15, Thailand implemented a similar program with the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao.

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Although Thailand’s number of Covid-19 infections in 2020 is quite low thanks to the success of containment measures, Thailand faces many difficulties before the Pandemic wave in 2021. As of September 13, less than 18% of the population Thailand is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, 21% of the population has only received 1 dose.

South Africa

South Africa began to lift many restrictions against Covid-19 as the infection rate dropped. The curfew was extended from 11pm the night before to 4am the next morning. The size of events increased to 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors and restrictions on buying alcohol were relaxed.
Extremely strict regulations to limit social contact, including banning all events including funerals, were recently lifted by South Africa.
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South Africa’s special Covid-19 vaccine train aims to increase the number of people vaccinated in remote urban areas.

South African authorities warn that the third wave of Pandemics caused by the Delta variant is not over yet, but insist that there is enough vaccine to cover the entire population. More than 25% of South Africa’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. South Africa continues to encourage more people to get vaccinated and adhere to restrictions so the country can return to normal life.

Chile

Chile is internationally recognized for having a favorable and extremely successful Covid-19 vaccination campaign. According to the Chilean Ministry of Health, nearly 87% of the country’s population is fully vaccinated. The country also started a booster vaccination program.
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A person who has been vaccinated against Covid-19 attends the first performance of a concert in Santiago

Despite the threat from the Delta variant, Chile on April 15 announced steps to open the country to tourists from October 1 – right in the summer tourist season. Non-resident foreigners can enter Chile if they meet certain requirements and are quarantined for 5 days.

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