We were hardly one month into the year when the world began facing a global crisis no one was really prepared for. The novel Coronavirus which originated from China’s city of Wuhan spread quickly into several countries of the world, leading to loss of lives and forcing governments, individuals and organizations to pool resources together to battle against it.
Thankfully, after 76 days of lockdown, and more than 80,000 cases of COVID-19 since December 2019, Wuhan’s borders have finally been re-opened to the outside world, and the people are slowly returning to business as usual. However, health precautions are still being taken and most people are wearing masks.
Yesterday, it was delightful to see the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport perform a water salute to receive the first arriving flight from Hangzhou as the city ended its lockdown. Also, by 12 am this morning, there was a beautiful display of light show glowing and cheering, to officially mark the end of the lockdown.
While there is a glimmer of hope for the rest of the world seeing as Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus seemed to have won against COVID-19, amidst the celebration, the news of with outrage. One Twitter user @iamyasif put up a comical description of his opinion on China’s attitude towards the rest of the world since the outbreak of the pandemic.
A lot of people seem to share this sentiment and have taken to Twitter to express their anger. While President Trump blamed the WHO in a tweet for being “China-centric,” despite America’s large donations to the organisation, U.S senators, petitioned the UN to suspend China’s election into its human rights council panel, bringing to China’s negligence and bad faith in handling the Coronavirus outbreak.
Anyway, China’s borders are closed for now. The country, however, has commenced commercial activities and is delivering ventilators and other medical supplies to the rest of the world – that’s one thing to be thankful for!