CORONAVIRUS: MARCH 2020, ALL GLOBAL FACTS FROM LAST MONTH
By Cecilia Capanna* – IlDigitale.it
Covid-19 spreads all over the world, WHO
declares it’s a pandemic. A global overview on how Countries are dealing
with the emergency.
Covid-19 spreads all over the world: it’s a pandemic. People everywhere
are now living in isolation to avoid the risk of infection, a condition well
depicted by the photo up here: a young immunosuppressed girl greeting her
father through a windowpane.
It’s appropriate to say this month nearly drove us mad as a
March hare. It turned the tables of every pre-existing game: no matter the
past, everything changed in March.
DOWNPLAYS THE DANGER UNTIL THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS GET INFECTED
At the beginning of the month, all that everybody in the US
was talking about was propaganda for the next presidential elections. We saw
Biden and Sanders fight head-to-head for the Democratic Party primaries, while
Trump tried to surprise us with a peace agreement between the Taliban and US that
actually went nowhere.
Then coronavirus arrived. President Trump was in denial at
first: a pandemic right in the midst of the presidential race? Too
inconvenient! But the events forced him to change his mind and put the Country
under lock-down. A little late though: US are currently recording the highest
number of confirmed Covid-19 cases around the world.
Meanwhile, China’ cases reach zero, and the Country is now
focusing on controlling the borders in order to avoid a second wave of
UK PRIME MINISTER
GETS COVID-19, THE VIRUS SPARES NO ONE
Maybe, in some way, Boris Johnson wanted to enjoy his moment
of glory a little longer. Instead, soon after Brexit came into force,
coronavirus reached UK. Johnson’s first move was to follow the lead of his
American ally and deny the evidence. He then tried the ‘herd immunity’ route,
with the infamous words “Many more families are going to lose loved ones”. In
the end, the Prime Minister himself was found positive to the virus, and UK was
finally put under lock-down.
THE PANDEMIC IN
EUROPE: PRIORITIES REWRITTEN
The European Parliament was busy dealing with the consequences
of Great Britain leaving the Union, trying to understand how to fill a 75
billion gap, when Northern Italy was struck by the epidemic. The number of
infected people started rising at an exponential rate throughout Europe and
rest of the world.
NGOs, volunteers and journalists were also in great danger.
Acts of solidarity got criminalised and Amnesty International compiled an alarming report about it.
Ironically, now that Coronavirus is a global threat, the world turns to NGOs
for help with the sanitary emergency. It’s curious how many things change.
Ironically, people are talking about the Covid-19’s pandemic
in the same way they would talk about a war. Before we make plans on how to
deal with the severe economic crisis that will affect the planet in the
aftermath, we need to make sure that people have food to eat. This is
especially true for the most vulnerable ones, such as migrants and homeless people, but also for all the
citizens who are struggling to make the ends meet without a salary. Every
country is allocating huge amounts of money to support the population and avoid
the explosion of social time bombs. Some governors, like Orban, are putting democracy
itself under quarantine and exercising special powers, just like in times of
The whole world is locked-down and everything is suspended:
work, school, even human interactions are now digitalised. Silence in the
streets is only broken by the sirens of ambulances passing by. The whole
mankind is wrapped around mother nature’s finger, the roles are finally
reversed. Nature takes back its space, the environment says thank you.
“WE ARE ALL IN THIS
Human cruelty was raging at the beginning of the month. Now
solidarity is taking the spotlight: everybody is trying to help. VIPs, Chinese,
Russians, Cubans, Germans, Americans, Italians, Albanians, everybody is lending
a helping hand saying: “We are all in this together”.
Drugs are being tested and researchers work tirelessly for a vaccine, a cure to save
humanity from this blight. Pope Francis himself did his part to support their
efforts: he delivered an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing and the global
plenary indulgence. The scenario was surreal: St Peter’s Square was desert
under a steady rain.
We are all
hoping for this pandemic to end as soon as possible, but one thing is certain:
nothing will be the same again.
* Executive Director, Other News, Rome. Expert
in communication, marketing and social media. Ability to manage international
projects for the dissemination and strengthening of visibility in the