A year ago, a notice was sent at 2 a.m. to people on smartphones in Wuhan which announced the world’s first coronavirus lockdown that would last 76 days.
Residents in the central Chinese city where the virus was first found were jogging and practising tai chi in a fog-shrouded park next to the mighty Yangtze River early Saturday morning.
Life in the city of 11 million has largely returned to normal, even as the rest of the world grapples with the spread of the most infectious strains of the virus. In some areas, attempts to vaccinate citizens for COVID-19 have been hampered by disarray and insufficient supplies. About 2 million people worldwide have been killed by the scourge.
How First Coronavirus Lockdown Changed The World?
The novel coronavirus has paralyzed economies, destroyed cities and confined almost four billion people to their homes in the last 12 months. For at least a century, probably after World War II, it was a year that changed the world like no other.
Children were orphans, grandparents were lost and partners were mourned in the hospital when loved ones died alone, bedside visits were deemed too risky to risk.
Outside a Wuhan furniture store, wearing a face mask and carrying a plastic bag, AFP images of a man lying dead on his back came to encapsulate the fear pervading the area. The cause of his death at the time could not be verified by AFP.
The Diamond Princess cruise ship was also emblematic of the terror and claustrophobia, in which more than 700 passengers ultimately contracted the virus and 13 died.
The race for a vaccine had already started as the nightmare went global. BioNTech, a small German biotech firm, quietly set aside its cancer work and started another project. Its name? “Speed of Light”
Chronic underinvestment was brutally revealed in healthcare, as hospitals were unable to cope and intensive care units were easily overwhelmed. Without personal protective devices, underpaid and overworked medics suffered.
Wuhan returns to normal as India still battles pandemic
Wuhan, traffic was light, but there was no indication of the obstacles that separated neighbourhoods a year earlier, blocked travel across the city and restricted people to their housing complexes and even apartments.
Concerns remain as to where the virus originated and whether Wuhan and the Chinese authorities acted rapidly enough and with proper accountability to allow the world to prepare for a pandemic that has sickened more than 98 million.
To minimize the spread of the virus, the Indian government introduced lockdown in the country that began on March 25, 2020.
This Wuhan originated virus impact on India has resulted in shut down of transport facilities, closed all public and private offices, factories and limited mobilization, with a growing number of coronavirus cases.
Some economists have stated that they expect that India will enter a recession that will impact the unorganized sector and that semi-skilled worker will lose their jobs.
India, with a population of more than 1.34 billion and the world’s second-largest population, will find it difficult to monitor the spread of extreme acute respiratory coronavirus 2 syndromes among its population.
To cope with the current outbreak, numerous methods will be highly necessary; these include computer modelling, computational techniques, and quantitative analyses to monitor the spread as well as to quickly establish a new treatment.
(With Inputs From Associated Press)