The Worlds Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Their Road to Recovery. In the year 2020, the COVID-19 global pandemic took the whole world by storm, with over 15 million affected cases of coronavirus and over 700000 deaths worldwide. And even as we speak, the coronavirus continues to affect thousands of individuals daily. The patterns of outbreaks continue to change, with some countries facing their second and third-wave outbreaks.
The COVID-19 global pandemic had most of the countries in major nationwide lockdowns for many months. As a result of the lockdowns, many businesses collapsed, and millions of people fell into poverty. People on daily wages suffered the most as they could not earn a living and survive the harsh conditions of the new global pandemic that hit the world. The existing poor experienced an even deeper loss.
COVID-19 had us all locked up in our homes for many months. Restrictions were set up, and lockdowns were imposed, as we were asked to stay home—life as it is changed completely. Our lifestyle completely changed. Most people started working from home, and families were united. Families got together after many years, whereas some were separated for many months due to travel restrictions.
In all the chaos and struggle, we still managed to find reasons to stay hopeful. We turned our homes into schools, offices, gyms and much more. We stayed connected through the internet and cheered on our front-line heroes. While the citizens played their part, the governments also did whatever they could to keep their people safe.
The governments worldwide responded to their best capacity hoping that their response will lead to a full recovery. The world’s largest economies took all the necessary steps they could to fight against the coronavirus-induced economic loss. Every country had its own coronavirus response and recovery story.
The coronavirus originated from the city of Wuhan in late 2019. Wuhan quickly became the most highly affected city of china. The government responded quickly by imposing several strict lockdowns, which led to a decrease in factory output, sales and economic activities. GDP reduced greatly.
The coronavirus hit Germany with great severity, causing a decrease in its economy for the first time since 2009. The government said there was a decrease of around 10% in the economy, the worst ever in many decades. After imposing several lockdowns, Germany announced in April that it would be reopening its economy.
Japan’s economy is expected to shrink by 3% in 2021, which would be its worst since 2008. The economy suffered greatly due to the postponement of the Summer Olympics. The government helped out its citizens by providing them with relief packages worth over $1 trillion.
The coronavirus global pandemic hit the United Kingdom when it was already dealing with the troubles of a post-Brexit relationship with the EU. Even before the pandemic hit the United Kingdom, there were concerns about a decrease in the economy for to Brexit. The United Kingdom responded to the pandemic by promising to pay the workers’ salaries for many months to stop the companies from firing employees, offered to defer taxes, increase unemployment benefits and started a loan program for small and new enterprises.
The response to the pandemic included three steps. Firstly, to provide emergency aid to the coronavirus health threat and its effects on the economy and society. Secondly, once the pandemic was under control, the countries started reopening their economy. The governments focused on strengthening the health system, restoring people’s jobs, education, lives and helping companies regain their strength. Some countries were quick to reach the third step, whereas some are still on the first. It’s a long journey, but with global support and coordination, we will surely be able to flatten the pandemic curve.