The Irish Examiner View: Patience is still the best response

The uneven timelines of the pandemic are coming into focus as governments impose very different measures; some implement controls, others consider easing them.
The Irish Examiner View: Patience is still the best response

The uneven timelines of the pandemic are coming into focus as governments impose very different measures; some implement controls, others consider easing them.

Singapore goes into lockdown today; New Zealand begins a month-long lockdown tomorrow; India yesterday stopped domestic flights and the majority of the country is under complete lockdown.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, has asked lenders for $6.9bn to help weather the storm. The UN’s World Food Programme urgently wants $350m to keep going as millions face of food shortages. Germany may make face masks mandatory in public places.

In Ireland, almost 40,000 employers registered for the wage subsidy scheme which has cost €87m so far. The Orange Order has cancelled the North’s 17 Twelfth of July parades more than three months ahead of schedule.

Even as America is braced for an anticipated peak this week, Spain recorded a slowing death rate for the fourth day in a row. Governments across Europe are considering how they might ease restrictions.

France, Spain, Belgium, and Finland are among countries examining a gradual easing of stay-at-home orders while trying to prevent a second wave of infections that could overwhelm stretched health services.

These mixed messages offer hope, but they underline how important it is to be patient and to stay at home. Despite what happens elsewhere our fate is still largely in our own hands.

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