The departure of Dandache wrote in Al-Akhbar: The southern suburbs are not the same today. The movement is almost non-existent, and the streets are almost empty. Wholesale stores closed. Cafes, restaurants and sports clubs devoid of their pioneers, are committed to the decision to close. Nothing is the same there. Fear of Corona brings back to memory the period the suburb lived in during the terrorist bombings of 2014..
The streets were empty, except for some passers-by who were “armed” with gags and gloves, while many committed themselves to their homes in isolation, which became their only weapon in the face of the virus, while a third category preferred to leave for the villages, after things got out of control. And because “a person’s life is more important than everything and all is compensated,” according to Abu Saeed, the owner of a home appliance store in a past neighborhood, the decision was to leave “sustenance to God.” The latter lowered the “garage” door and left his wife to their village in the south.
In the suburbs, there are no longer signs of life except for some vegetable shops, major cooperatives, pharmacies and a small number of vegetable sellers on vehicles. Ahmed, one of those who did not leave the street because “a livelihood imposes it on us.” However, he tried as much as possible to adhere to the instructions, and put a sterile package next to the banana earrings piled on top of the cart, “including by sterilizing, and by encouraging people to buy and not stockpile and spoil.” As for some taxis, vans, and public buses, they would not have had passengers due to the warning about the ease of transmission of the virus through public transportation. “The job has fallen by about 90%. The streak is dead,” says one van driver, and “the passenger is the rare currency these days.”.
Nevertheless, there is concern, threatening to break the cycle of precautionary measures, especially in light of what is happening in cooperatives and major consumption, as customers “accumulated”, in the past two days, to supply their needs of food and household goods in anticipation of the worst. In one of the cooperatives in Moawad Market, whole families were buying their needs despite warnings of overcrowding, while the employees inside them did not adhere to the instructions of the Ministry of Public Health, as there are no people who wear masks, despite their daily contact with hundreds of people. This prompted the municipalities yesterday to take punitive measures against some. In this context, the Al-Ghobeiri municipality closed the “Rimal Al-Asli” cooperative near Rawdat Al-Shahidin due to its failure to comply with the health standards required in terms of sterilization and protection of customers.
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