While the socialist-communist Government of Spain and its related media claim that the coronavirus crisis has caught all governments off guard, reality shows that this is not the case.
The examples from Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore
The best example of what it means to have a proactive and responsible government can be found in Taiwan, which has developed a successful strategy against covonavirus, making this epidemic much less prevalent than in neighboring China. The Taiwanese government was farsighted, reacted quickly, and acted transparently and effectively, creating a huge database to monitor the development of the epidemic. Thus, although it was expected that the country would be severely hit by this epidemic, and although the first infections were detected there in late January, it currently has only 195 infections (of which 158 are imported) and 2 deaths, and this for a nation it has a population of 23 million inhabitants.
South Korea is also successfully combating the coronavirus. That country exceeded the 20 confirmed infections on February 6. Yesterday the country reported 8,961 infected and 111 dead. Although South Korea has 51.7 million inhabitants (compared to 46.6 million in Spain), their numbers of affected are considerably lower than what we have in Spain, which has 33,089 infected and 2,182 deaths despite the fact that our country exceeded 20 infections on February 27, that is, three weeks after South Korea. The difference is due, as in the case of Taiwan, to the foresight, efficiency, speed and transparency of the South Korean government.
Another example of success is Singapore. This Southeast Asian city-state has a population of 5.6 million inhabitants living on an area of 725 square kilometers, with a population density of 7,804 inhabitants per square kilometer (more than the city of Madrid). In other words, it was the ideal place for the coronavirus to spread easily. The first contagion was confirmed on January 23. Currently, Singapore has 509 infected and 2 dead (in comparison, the Community of Madrid alone has 10,575 infected and 1,263 dead). As in the cases of Taiwan and South Korea, Singapore owes its success to the speed, effectiveness and foresight of its Government in responding to the coronavirus, creating arrival controls for travelers from affected areas from the outset. Something that the Spanish Government rejected until it had no choice but to apply them, when it was too late.
A European benchmark in the fight against the coronavirus: Poland
Some sympathizers of the Socialist-Communist Government of Spain have justified the different incidence between these three Asian countries and Spain, alleging the idiosyncrasy of the Asians. However, it is not necessary to leave Europe to find a country whose strategy has been more successful than that of Spain in the fight against this pandemic. On March 13 I explained here the different reactions of the Polish Government and the Spanish Government, showing the foresight, speed and efficiency of the conservative cabinet of the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. When I published that post, only 9 days had passed since the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Poland. Now, after 20 days, we can already see if the different reaction of both governments has been reflected in the incidence of this disease in their respective countries.
With only 20% more population than Poland, Spain registers 350% more deaths
I will start by pointing out that Poland has 38.43 million inhabitants, 8 million less than Spain. The Slavic country surpassed 20 confirmed coronavirus infections on March 10. At that time there were no deceased from this disease. In turn, Spain exceeded 20 infected on February 27, already with one dead. Recall that on March 8, when there were already 674 infected and 17 dead, the Spanish government of Pedro Sánchez still authorized the feminist protests on March 8 in many cities in Spain, in addition to various football matches that gathered thousands of spectators. 13 days after overcoming those 20 cases, Poland already has 749 infected and 8 dead. These may seem high numbers, but it must be taken into account that 13 days after exceeding 20 confirmed cases, that is, within the same period, Spain already had 1,695 infected (126% more than Poland) and 36 deaths (350% more than the homeland of Piłsudski), and that taking into account that Spain has only 20.81% more population than the Slavic country.
This was the different response times of the Spanish and Polish Governments
How do you explain this enormous difference between Spain and Poland? Well, as I said on March 13, the key lies in a proactive government. The response times, essential when curbing an epidemic, were notably different in both countries:
The actions of the Pedro Sánchez government have been irresponsible, incompetent and negligent, and its absolute lack of self-criticism is outrageous. As outrageous as the refusal of the Spanish leftist media to recognize the mismanagement of the socialist-communist government, while asking for public aid to compensate for the loss of advertising revenue, in a shameful example of servility. It is worth asking what those who accused Poland of having a defective democracy have to say now, bearing in mind that their government has behaved with more responsibility, foresight, firmness and transparency than those of other European countries that have been enjoying democracy for more years than Poland, which broke free from the communist yoke in 1989.
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