Global politics “stressed” by epidemic

The new crown pneumonia epidemic has become a global epidemic. Outside China, Italy and Iran, which had received less attention, have become the main source of a new wave of international spread. Although South Korea temporarily ranks first in the overseas list with the number of confirmed diagnoses approaching 7,000, no one knows which country will be the next “implosion” country.

In early March, footage of Pope Francis coughing and blowing his nose in front of the camera, and footage of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coughing coughing while speaking in Parliament, made his supporters sweat. If the core political figures are “recruited”, there is a possibility that it will cause “collapse of infection” in politics.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in presided over an epidemic response meeting in Daegu City in the affected area on February 25. After attending the meeting, the deputy mayors learned that the secretary had confirmed the diagnosis that day. Although the deputy mayor’s own nucleic acid test was negative the next day, the discussion about whether Wen Zaiyin and fellow ministers should be “isolated at home” became a hot topic in South Korea.

Iran is a more tricky example. The country ’s vice president, Masoume, also attended the cabinet meeting with the president and others one day before his diagnosis. Although Masumet is only mild, people infected with the new crown virus can be infected asymptomatically, which exposes Iran’s core epidemic prevention team to an unprecedented risk of infection.

A few days later, under the circumstances of the death of two confirmed second-line senior officials and the new diagnosis of more than 20 members of Congress, Iran ’s top leader Khamenei “worn in plastic gloves” ordered the country to enter a state of war preparations. Part of the anti-epidemic measures previously delayed by the parliamentary elections have also been introduced after the parliamentary adjournment.

In special times, politicians’ “unprotected” questions about politics can easily lead to controversy. Earlier Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong did not wear a mask when visiting patients with new crown pneumonia. Afterwards, French President Macron shook hands with front-line medical staff at a hospital receiving confirmed cases. No one wore a mask during the exchange. Netizens joked that “hearts “. What’s even more frustrating is that a female MP in Switzerland became the only person wearing a mask in the hall, and the speaker of parliament was kicked out of the federal parliament hall with a sentence, “Please leave without masks.”

People in the epicenter of the epidemic may not be able to understand the thinking logic of politicians in remote areas, but there are some epidemic response methods in other countries, which seems to us to have known each other.

Fontana, chairman of the Lombardy region of Italy’s “epidemic epicenter”, learned of a close friend’s infection and, despite self-examination results being negative, still quarantined for 14 days. Prior to Italy’s urgency due to the epidemic, sending troops to block the first outbreak town, closing high-risk public places, and imposing a curfew in Milan, etc., also made people see that in a free and loose western society, in some cases, there is no lack of critical determination .

It is intriguing that Italy was the first country to completely suspend all flights with China, but its new round of outbreaks could not find a clear “source of China”; more ironically, many countries now begin to “ban “Flying” Italy, which has made the country’s politicians subject to criticism and ridicule by civil society.

Trump has also been blamed for the outbreak. Community infections of unknown origin and multiple deaths caused the country’s stock market to plunge for a time, and failed to fully close after the Fed’s sharp interest rate cut. The limited number of masks, the high cost of testing, the unstable quality of test reagents, the different opinions of CDC experts and White House officials, the president saying that the opposition party has set up a “scam” to exaggerate the epidemic, etc., all make people wonder how this superpower in the pharmaceutical industry Seems like strong outside but strong.

In fact, as early as the time of the Bush and Obama administrations, the United States had specialized positions in epidemic response on the National Security Council, and was responsible for coordinating the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Defense, the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Homeland Security. However, after Trump took office, he continued to reduce the budget and preparation of the health department. Bolton, the then National Security Adviser in 2018, even cancelled the aforementioned coordination position, which caused Vice President Pence, who was in danger, to be a bit embarrassed.

Trump is used to preaching that the United States has the best experts and that the epidemic is under control, but if the end result is not the case, I am afraid it will drag down his election. In addition, unlike other major powers (such as China, Russia, Britain, France, Japan, Pakistan, and India), which have no elections this year, the election scenes of the two major US parties this year are huge and whether they will be interrupted by sudden epidemics is really hard to predict.

With the cancellation of some major exhibitions and sports events in other countries, Japan has plans to postpone the Tokyo Olympics to the end of the year. As for the G20 summit in Riyadh, which was held in November and December, and the APEC summit in Langkawi, Malaysia, they should not be affected too much. However, in view of the multinational outbreak in ASEAN, the White House postponed the US-ASEAN summit originally scheduled to be held in Las Vegas on March 14.

Global politics are “stressed” by the epidemic, but the national conditions are different. The response of the leaders to temperature differences is basically normal, just like the people of some countries in the pandemic are snapping up protective supplies, and some are hoarding rice, paper towels, drinking Water, while some Asians in California are stockpiling guns. Expanding an understanding based on empathy and making suitable choices based on timely early warning information is a better way of living than to adhere to a certain model of epidemic resistance or even to arbitrarily reject other countries.