While Europe has now taken over from China as the epicenter of the outbreak, many Western countries do not appear to have learned from Italy’s example.
People are flocking to parks to bask in a sunny weekend despite government advice to stay home, cyclists and runners are crowding New York’s parks, and groups hanging out at California’s busy beaches.
“People will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes,” he added, listing four reasons for which citizens can go outside; shopping for basic necessities, doing one form of exercise a day, providing medical services, or going to work if it is absolutely vital.
“That’s all — these are the only reasons you should leave your home.
Nick Chater, professor of Behavioral Science at Warwick Business School, told CNN that this did not go far enough, saying western leaders had been “very mixed in their messaging” as they gradually closed bars, restaurants, theaters and schools over the past week — and urged the public to listen to the advice to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“When people are being advised quite gently to do something, I don’t think one should view them as being necessarily outrageously unreasonable in going ahead and doing it anyway,” he said.
Western governments have been reluctant to take the draconian lockdown measures that were quickly enforced in China after the coronavirus outbreak began. Instead, people in places like the UK, Germany and Australia have been advised by national governments to practice social distancing, and businesses told to ensure staff work at home where possible.
Chater says these comments aren’t enough. “There’s a huge communication failure,” he said. “We’ve been looking at China, we can also look at Korea, we can see that there are strategies that actually do work, so it’s not purely theoretical.
“In China, the main thing has been just a very heavy lockdown, probably a heavier lockdown than it strictly needed,” he said. “But we know that a really severe lockdown will work. And in Korea, they’ve had extremely vigorous testing on a massive scale. Probably a combination of those strategies is required.”
Corona virus is now spreading faster in Western countries such as Italy, Spain and US.
In Italy nearly 800 people are dying everyday. In the US now more than 23,000 people are tested positive. This rate of increase is much faster than China, Korea and Japan.
Why western countries are failing to control the spread of virus?
One reason is that Western leaders’ messages to the people are not
strong enough nor clear enough, saying they can go out in certain conditions such as buying food, medicine, doing necessary work, which is giving impression that virus is not very dangerous.
Another possible reason is that western government cannot make draconian policy like completely shutting down the whole city like Wuhan’s case. And people are not willing to follow strict governments order. These differences come from political system between Chana which is authoritarian and western which is liberal democracy.
How West can control the spread of virus more effectively?
Heavier lock down must be the only way, even though it may be difficult in wester society.
What we learn from this?
video describing rapid outbreak of corona outside China
日本の検査状況のあまさを報道するJAPAN TIMES の記事
Japan testing for coronavirus at fraction of capacity, data shows
Japan is only using a sixth of its capacity to test for the new coronavirus even as it is increasing its ability to do so, government data shows, adding to concerns it is understating its outbreak and not doing enough to contain it.
Nationwide capacity for the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test has grown to 7,500 a day, on track to reach an 8,000 a day target by the end of the month.
But the number of tests conducted has been on average 1,190 a day over the past month, for a total of 32,125, according to health ministry data.
And while Japanese doctors have carried out more than 32,000 tests, only 16,484 people have actually been tested, given that many are often tested multiple times.
That compares with more than the 200,000 tests conducted in South Korea and the 80,000 in Italy.