British newspapers are discussing “the impact of the Corona pandemic on human civilization” and the criticism directed at Boris Johnson’s plan to confront the epidemic in Britain, and the meaning of this plan with regard to the state of closure that his country has been going through for weeks.
“Shoot a moving target”
In an interview with The Independent, famous businessman George Soros explains his perception of the impact of the Corona epidemic on human civilization now.
Soros describes the current epidemic as the “biggest crisis” he has ever seen.
“Even before the outbreak of the epidemic, I knew we were in a revolutionary moment where it became impossible or unimaginable in normal times, not only feasible, but perhaps very necessary. Then came Coved 19, who completely disrupted people’s lives and imposed completely different behavior. It happened other than Unprecedented this mixture (of influence) may never have happened. It really threatens the survival of our civilization. “
“We have suffered from epidemics of infectious diseases since the plague epidemic. Epidemics were repeated in the nineteenth century, and then we had the Spanish flu at the end of the First World War,” Soros answers. And that really happened in three waves, the second wave was the most deadly. Millions of people died. And we had other dangerous epidemics, like swine flu just a decade ago. ”
He concludes, “It is surprising how countries were unwilling to do something like this.”
Soros believes that the government’s unwillingness has caused uncertainty about dealing with the virus now and ways to proceed with it in the coming months and years.
He says this is “definitely a very big problem”.
“We learn very quickly, and we now know a lot more about the virus than we knew when it appeared, but we are shooting at a moving target because the virus itself is changing rapidly. It will take a long time to develop a vaccine. Even after it has been developed, we will have to learn how to change it every year, because the virus It will probably change. This is what we do with the flu vaccine every year. ”
On the impact of the epidemic crisis on capitalism, Soros said, “We will not go back to where we were when the epidemic started. This is for sure. But this is the only certain thing. Everything else will be subject to debate and conflict. I don’t think anyone knows how capitalism will develop.”
Asked if the current US president does not really represent the values of an open and free society, Soros says, “This is a weakness that I hope will not last long.”
“Donald Trump wants to be a dictator. But he cannot be because there is a constitution in the United States that people still respect. He will prevent him from doing certain things. This does not mean that he will not try, because he is really fighting for his life. I also say I was confident that Trump would destroy himself, and he exceeded my most ambitious expectations. “
In an article in the Guardian newspaper, Zoe Williams sharply criticizes the plan of British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, regarding the next step in the battle with the Coronavirus.
The writer says, “Johnson’s roadmap for the Corona virus will only cause confusion.”
Johnson changed the slogan of the confrontation campaign from “Stay Home, Protect the National Health Service (NHS), Save Lives”, to a new slogan, “Be careful, take control of the virus, save lives.”
Zoe sees the plan, which ultimately aims to end the closure, as “hopeless and hopelessly contradictory.”
The author addresses the practical side of Johnson’s plan. “Every person who cannot work from home must return to work now. Workers in the manufacturing and construction sectors, according to the terms (defined in the plan), are due to return to work on Wednesday. Obligations will be imposed on employers to maintain their safety. But what These are the obligations, how they are implemented, and what about workers who are themselves in vulnerable groups, and what rights do workers have who do not believe that their place of work is safe? ”
Zoe refers to the use of public transport, and says, “Employees should not use public transportation, they must walk, ride a bike or drive their cars, but if they are forced to use public transportation, does this mean that they should not work?”
The author considers this to indicate a renunciation of the responsibilities of judgment. This is evidenced by the Prime Minister saying to the workers, “Do not use the infrastructure, use your feet. Stay alert.”
She notes Johnson’s saying that the fines imposed on people who break the rules will be increased. “To what extent has it been raised, and what was its value before?”
With regard to returning to school, Johnson’s plan requires that children in grades one and six of primary school can return to school right after half of the semester, as long as they remain vigilant about the rate of infection spread in the meantime.
“I heard that there is a lukewarm intention to return the children of some selected high schools before the end of the year, although it is unclear whether this means the Gregorian year or the school year … and there are no details about the safety of teachers,” the author says.
Fighting continues despite “confusing” messages
In an I newspaper article, Siddique Khan, the mayor of London, warns of a second wave of the epidemic.
He says this will be “a slap in the face for the sad families.”
The mayor commends the British people for making “heroic” efforts to overcome the peak of the spread of Covid 19 by staying in homes and maintaining social estrangement, and going further with the help of the needy.
However, he says, “Nevertheless, hundreds of people still die from this virus every day and thousands more are still sick and hospitalized. The fighting is not over and we simply cannot tolerate the consequences of leniency.”
“Despite some recent confusing messages from the government, the simple truth is that the closure has not been lifted. We are not returning to life as it was. Everyone must continue to play their part and follow the rules to protect the National Health Service (NHS) and save lives.”
“The government has now laid a road map for how to gradually reduce the closure, but this will only be possible if evidence shows that the situation is safe at every stage. We need to be careful and alert if we want to avoid a second devastating wave, which will be a landslide for both the NHS,” he says. And our economy will also be a slap in the face for families who are sad for their loved ones who have lost the spread of Coffed 19 “.