China celebrated “Golden Week” in October, which marks the National Day, which coincides with various holidays designed to boost tourism. It is difficult to imagine from the western confinement, but in Wuhan, the global epicenter of the pandemic, massive art festivals and massive gastronomic fairs have just been organized, attended by more than 19 million Chinese, who came from different parts of the whole country .
China seems to have gotten over the nightmare. But it is not the only Asian country that has succeeded.
Taiwan and Thailand, for example, suffered no Covid fatalities in the past week. While Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia and Singapore, to name just a few, reported fewer than 6 deaths a day from the virus. And infections have not stopped falling since the start of the pandemic in most of the Asia Pacific region.
Many of the Asian countries that are commercially or politically linked to China in the Pacific Ocean were forced to face the first attacks of the virus in the dark and without any prior information. But now they are armored against the advance of the Covid and in recent weeks no worrisome outbreak has been observed in the region.
In Latin America, on the other hand, the threat remains latent and in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile the figures remain high, which shows that the virus has not yet been controlled. While the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases of the United States announced that that country will return to normal only in 2022.
On the other hand, the WHO warned that deaths in Europe increased by 40% in the last week and in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium new quarantines were activated for fear of the second wave of the virus, which threatens to still be more deadly than the first.
Why was Asia able to cope with the pandemic better than the West? South Korean Byung-Chul Han rehearsed a very intelligent answer this week in El País and was blunt: “The secret is in civility.”
Why was Asia able to cope with the pandemic better than the West? South Korean Byung-Chul Han rehearsed a very intelligent answer this week in El País and was blunt: “The secret is in civility.” The Seoul-born philosopher living in Berlin argued that respect for authority, education, tradition, and institutions, which is strongly encouraged in Asian societies, explains the success achieved by those countries against the coronavirus.