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Ireland just passed China in confirmed COVID-19 deaths – how the hell did that happen?

How could a small island in the northwestern periphery of Europe have more coronavirus infections than China, the planet’s most populous country?

As of Wednesday, Ireland was confirmed 4,847 deaths related to COVID-19 and 244,297 confirmed cases. Meanwhile, China reported 4,845 deaths and only 102,294 cases.

Johns Hopkins University ranks Ireland 40 in the world in the list of COVID-19 deaths per capita by country: 98 per 100,000 with a mortality rate of 2%. For comparison, China ranks 160th with 0.35 deaths per 100,000 people and a mortality rate of 4.7%.

“China is reporting a lack of their cases, but we don’t know how many,” said Derek Scissors, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and chief economist at the China Beige Book. “Immunization in China is happening a lot slower than usual.”

More than 143 million people have been infected with the new coronavirus worldwide for the first time identified in Wuhan, China, by the end of 2019, according to Johns Hopkins. Worldwide, more than 3 million people have died from this disease. In the US, at least 31.7 million people were infected and 568,532 people died.

This week, the National Health Commission of China told media that 65 million people had been vaccinated. Beijing’s capital health officials gave 10 million doses and more than 3 million people were given two injections, Reuters reported.

About 4% of China’s population has received the COVID-19 vaccine, Recent reports say that. The country plans to vaccinate 40% of its population by the end of June, a target that calls for a significant increase in the number of vaccinations. China has 4 COVID-19 vaccines available, the first one is are reported as available For emergency use in summer 2020.

“They started distributing emergency medicine last summer? And we are here in April, and they are behind the United States in dosage management, ”Scissors said. “If a new variant comes out from China, we won’t hear about it until it’s too late.”

The Chinese government was slow to report the initial outbreak in Wuhan and 2021 was no different, Scissors said. “Xi Jinping is not allowed to fail in anything. Therefore, the problem is solved. This is a national political issue for them now, and it is a top priority public health issue ”.

China does not appear to have taken preemptive action in the early days of the pandemic, and reluctantly told its citizens about suspected virus outbreak. The first known person was reported to have been infected with the virus on December 1 in China, according to an article in The Lancet.

In December 2019, Yaxue Cao, a political activist, wrote on Twitter
United States: TWTR

that a doctor in Wuhan said in a WeChat group, there were seven cases of SARS related to the Wuhan food market, and was forced to withdraw it by the party’s disciplinary office. That doctor later died of COVID-19.

Amidst the fear and confusion surrounding the early days of the virus in China, some families there expressed anxiety and disappointment at the time that the cause of their loved one’s death was recorded. are “severe pneumonia” or “viral pneumonia” on their death certificate, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“We have no way to find out what the current spread is,” Scissors said. “It’s suspicious that we have new variants that seem more contagious and don’t seem to work in China.”

“It wouldn’t be surprising if they were hiding the outbreaks locally,” he added. “I read Chinese newspapers every day, and it’s like new variations don’t exist. There are many differences between countries. Even if they are performing well on a national scale, it is unlikely they do not have a local translation ”.

The Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC did not immediately respond to a request for comment. However, this week state media reported that the vaccine supply was “relatively tight, ”But it was not clear where the most obvious problem was or how long people would have to wait.

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Customers enjoyed drinks at the Murrays Pub on Grafton Road in Dublin last summer. Photo: Getty.

Ireland and China share one thing: their battle against COVID-19 is far from over.

Meanwhile, Ireland’s path to recovery is not a straight line. Immunization deployments there, as in much of Europe, were slow compared to US masking policies, messed up and compliance was uneven, especially in the early days. of the pandemic.

Johnson & Johnson recently

The blood clotting problem in the US is similar to the problem that has caused many European countries to limit their use of AstraZeneca

vaccine, developed by Oxford University, is also a vaccine based on the adenovirus virus vector.

In addition to AstraZeneca,

vaccines made by Pfizer

and German partner, BioNTech SE

and Moderna

also available in Ireland. Authorities there have decided to limit the supply of AstraZeneca vaccine to people over the age of 60 due to concerns about blood clots.

The country has had three separate locks, which are limited by international standards: one initial spike last year, another in the fall and a third lock after Christmas, when people go shopping and many gather in the house to celebrate the holiday.

The lockouts have been described as brutal. Visiting others in addition to outdoor exercise has been prohibited, and people cannot go more than 5 kilometers from their homes. People leaving the country for an unnecessary reason can be fined € 2,000 ($ 2,407).

Visitors to Ireland who have not been vaccinated must stay in the hotel for 10 days at their own expense. Some people tried to escape; two Irish women who came to Dubai for cosmetic procedures refused to enter the hotel and as a result arrested at Dublin airport.

Under an agreement reached in June 2020, the leader of Fianna Fáil, Micheál Martin, assumed the position of taoiseach, or Prime Minister of Ireland, from the leader of Fine Gael, Leo Varadkar until 2022. Here is a polite, if not perfect, game of musical chairs to maintain stability.

This time last year, the nation’s lawmakers – perhaps more than usual – wish not to upset this fragile balance of power or offend the public by making any decisive move. Which are paralysis or sudden or really wrong steps when the country struggles because of the economic effects of the pandemic.

Case in point: The government only recommends that people wear masks in June 2020. In August, masks are required in supermarkets and other indoor public spaces such as hair salons and museums. . In January 2021, this rule was extended to banks, post offices and credit unions.

More and more research is showing that masking helps prevent the transmission of COVID-19 through respiratory droplets and can also encourage people to adopt more behaviors recommended by health professionals, include practice away from society and avoid touching their faces.

Ireland is a long way compared to these let it go April 2021. This month, the European Commission urged the country to ease some of its measures. Spokesperson Christian Wigand expressed concern according to EU law on the principles of proportionality and non-discrimination.

“The Commission believes that the goal that Ireland is pursuing, which is to protect public health during a pandemic, can be achieved by less restrictive means,” Wigand said. He also urged Austria, Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg to implement their mandatory hotel quarantine measures.

The Irish government said Wednesday it hopes to reopen the economy as much as possible in May and June, based on current vaccination rates and new infections. But it is not clear whether the country will meet its immunization target for 82% of adults by the end of June.

Ireland and China share one thing: their battle against COVID-19 is far from over.

“This pandemic will not end with a bang,” Ireland’s Varadkar told Today FM radio on Wednesday. “We’ll probably have to spend another winter to know for sure if it’s really behind us or not.”



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