5 women-led countries that managed to flatten the curve of COVID-19
COVID-19, a virus that has almost stagnated the entire world. It is an invisible enemy that the world is fighting against without weapons in hands and it looks almost impossible to defeat the enemy. The way the virus has spread across the countries is very different and varied. The alarming rate at which COVID-19 is spreading is startling for most of the nations, but there are a few nations which have successfully managed to flatten the growth curve of COVID-19. In this article we are going to discuss about a few of such countries majorly focussing on countries led by women.
Led by Prime Minister Jacida Ardern, the country did wonders and successfully minimized the spread of the virus. Looking at the condition of Italy and the rate at which the virus was spreading there, Prime Minister Jacida Ardern ordered to prepare for a Level 4 lockdown within 48 hours on March 23. At this time the total number of cases in the country were merely 102. Two days later, a lockdown was declared for 4 weeks barring all services expect for essential services. The curve of daily cases reached the peak, 89 cases in one day on April 2 and since then it has only been declining. As of May 02, 2020, there are 1,479 positive cases in the country out of which 1,252 people have recovered and 19 died bringing the number of active cases to 208.
The country is led by President Tsai Ing-wen and is being praised globally for the kind of response to the virus despite being frozen by the World Health Organization and being just 110 miles away from China (the epicentre of the virus). The country completely relied on its own to fight the virus and made sure to maintain the transparency with its citizens. Tsai Ing-wen made all possible efforts to fight the virus and in the process set up epidemic command centre and paced up the production of essential products such as face masks. Taiwan started to take measures as early as in December when all the passengers travelling from Wuhan were checked before their entry into the country. The government banned all the Wuhan residents initially and then banned all tours from and to China by the end of January 2020. As of May 02, 2020, there are merely 429 cases in Taiwan out of which 324 have recovered and 6 died. Therefore, the current active cases in the country are 99.
Led by Chancellor Angela Markel, the country has shown a tremendous flattening in the curve. The most important weapon used by Germany was the testing program. The country reported the largest number of corona virus testing in Europe. This surely created a spike in the number of the cases initially but helped in treating them at a very early stage and stopping the further spread of the virus by finding and isolating the patients suffering from the disease. Markel urged people to maintain a social distance on March 11 but the primary weapon has surely been the testing pattern. The total number of cases in the country as of May 02, 2020 have been 1,64,000 out of which 1,18,000 people have recovered and 6,640 people have died bringing the number of currently active cases to 39,360.
The country is led by Prime Minister Sanna Marin. The daily death rate in Finland has dropped since April 6. The country reported a shutdown of all major areas attracting public gathering so as to maintain social distancing. Sanna Marin plans to keep the restrictions active until the end of May to avoid any kind of risk on the country. The country has a total of 5,176 cases as of May 02, 2020, out of which 3,000 have recovered and the death toll is 220. Thus, the total number of active cases are 1,956.
Led by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, the country has managed to reduce the impact of the virus on its people. Prime Minister Erna Solberg came up with a unique idea to trace the spread of the virus. The government decided to collaborate with Norway’s biggest mobile operator, Telenor. About 80% of the country’s traffic passes through Telenor. Telenor was reported to be collaborating with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health to trace the virus. In addition, the country also imposed restrictions on all major areas attracting public gathering. For the past two weeks, the death toll and the number of people hospitalised has been decreasing. The country is now slowly relaxing the restrictions imposed in a systematic manner. Currently, the total number of cases in Norway are 7,783 as of May 02, 2020, out of which 32 have recovered and the death toll is 210, thus bringing the active cases to 7,541.
The countries have set an example in front of the whole world with their incredible ways of fighting and winning over the virus. All these are women led countries and have shown a rapid rate of decline in the spreading of the virus. We are proud of the woman power across the globe.