Those affected by COVID-19 number nearly 500 people in the Dominican Republic and, as in other parts of the world, there is concern that this number will continue to grow. To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Dominican government has closed its land, air and sea borders until at least April 3.All flights and cruises have been suspended, and only citizens of the republic will be able to reach the country. Many Latin American countries have opted for the same security measures in an effort to contain the virus. What measures have other countries taken? The
United States against COVID-19DonaldTrump is, without a doubt, one of the most influential men in the world. The United States was one of the first countries to implement a policy of social distancing. This policy involves the closure of non-essential businesses, such as casinos and theaters, and schools to limit the spread of the virus.
So far, these measures seem to have worked, and in New York, the focus of the pandemic in this country, the virus seems to be spreading more slowly. However, Trump announced that he is considering lifting these measures due to the sharp drop in the economy. In this regard, the president of the United States made somewhat scandalous statements in which he compared the coronavirus with other cases and the measures taken in them. For him, more importance is being given to COVID-19 than it deserves and the economic consequences could be more tragic than the virus itself. The
controversial response of swedenSweden, one of the countries with the best quality of life worldwide, has decided not to implement a policy of isolation and not to suspend any of the population's daily activities. What prompted Stefan Löfven to take this step? On the one hand, the belief that drastic measures are not sustainable in the long term and, on the other hand, the recommendations of the Public Health Agency.
However, the Swedish government appeals to the responsibility of each citizen at risk by recommending voluntary confinement and encourages the entire population to avoid gatherings of more than 500 people. The elderly are the segment most at risk and therefore should avoid going out into the street. In addition, the authorities stated that in the face of a change in the Public Health Agency's recommendations, they are prepared to close the schools. Meanwhile, their borders also remain open but are limited to essential travel. Criticized for not doing enough, the government is betting on its exceptional health system. Each country decides what it considers best for its population in an effort to stop the advance of the coronavirus.
However, the policies adopted can change daily based on the progression of this pandemic. The measures adopted so far in the Dominican Republic, which are similar to those in the United States, seek to protect the population. Sweden, with the same interests, takes a different position. The next few days will be decisive for maintaining or modifying these policies.