In more positive news for those locked down in self-isolation around the world, life in China is continuing to return to normal.
Tourist attractions and stores are reopening on the mainland that was hardest hit by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
China is very much emerging from the countrywide lockdowns that began in January. With most borders around the world closed or restricting access to entry, including strict self-isolation restrictions, the world is looking at how China is now emerging out of the crisis two months later for hope.
The task now is to get the economy operational again and ensure that jobs that were lost are reinstated. Government officials around the country are being encouraged to spend at least 100 Yuan in stores to boost consumer spending in the world’s second-largest economy.
Over 3,700 of China’s “A-level” designated scenic tourist attractions are now open, which represents 30% of the total that was closed. Almost all the retail stores that were previously shuttered have also reopened their doors. Flights, including
Asia is no stranger to virus outbreaks and relatively, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan have done a remarkable job at containing the virus whilst keeping disruption to people’s lives and jobs down to a minimum. The SARS outbreak in 2003 was a hard lesson that Hong Kong has continued to adhere to in daily life since.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan have practised smart social-distancing and closed down certain venues but have stopped short of full military enforced lockdowns that have been seen in Europe and the U.S. The low amount of cases (less than 200 in Hong Kong), suggests that some regions on the content have had the virus under control since its onset. Fewer jobs will likely be lost in parts of Asia compared to the EU and U.S. as a result.