How we battle Covid 19 economically
Day 12: “Countering the pandemic”
Day 12, and we have arrived on the topic of the pandemic which is reaping havoc across the globe. Covid 19! In this blog I shall also be looking at the similarities and differences in coping mechanisms between England and Sweden.
The Lund council
In the small university town of Lund in Sweden will be dumping a tone of chicken manure all across the central park of Lund. This on the outset seems mad and raises the questions of whether they are just trying to improve soil fertility, but no. The council have decide to do this rather strange action in the hopes of deterring around 30,000 people from the park with the smell. As the much anticipated Walpurgis Night party is about to happen on Thursday the council feared that no one would isolate as in Sweden there is no formal law on isolating and thus the council believe that people will stop voluntarily isolating for this one celebration. This night is very prestigious and has never not been celebrated.
Until this point Sweden's data has shown that the majority of the population has taken to voluntary social distancing due to the Covid 19 outbreak earlier this year. I personally believe this to be a very soft yet possibly and effective cores of action as it does not induce violence or hard forceful measures jet it does the same job as a barrier. the smell deters people form gathering just like riot barriers would keep the people out of the park. This is also impotent to do as Lund would have been projected to be an epicentre for the Covid 19 virus. Sweden has now banned planned gatherings of more than 50 people, but asked -rather than order -people to observe physical social distancing, avoid non-essential travel and work from home whilst staying indoors if they are elderly or ill. Also in Sweden shops and restaurants and spaces of leisure have remained open.
This above information is a very quick summation of two articles, so I have added the link to the sight of origin of this knowledge. You can then read the articles on Sweden's plan of action in more depth if you wish.
Sweden Vs England
In this section I will briefly lay out the basic laws of both countries in an attempt to see which country dealt with the Covid 19 the best .
- Can I leave my home? Yes you can leave whenever you want however Swedish people are advised not to go out to much and to observe the social distancing laws.
- How often can I go outside? The law does not specify-or limit-how many times per day someone may go outside for any of the above reasons. However you are reminded to not go out for no reason.
- Can I go for a drive? There are no legislations that address the use of cars or vehicles at all and does not forbid members of the public from using their cars to go for a drive or travel to a location if necessary. It also states that petrol stations, car repair depos and taxi companies can all remain open, albeit with restrictions.
- Can I go shopping , what can I buy? The law does not define what constitutes as food and it does not specify hat type of food, drink or other items are permissible when shopping. However the Swedish government does stress that it does not want people making unnecessary shopping trips.
- What can the police do? They can arrest you if u fail to comply with their legislations that they are enforcing.
- What else do the rules say? No one who is not a Swedish citizen is allowed across any of its borders with other countries.
- Can I leave my home? During the emergency period no one is allowed to leave their place of living without reasonable excuse. Reasonable excuses include; getting food or medicine, to get money, exercise or for essential work. You can also leave to give blood, enter into any legal activity, attend a funeral or get away for safety reasons by moving house. Public gathering of more than two people are banned unless you are part of the same household.
- How often can I go outside? The law does not specify-or limit-how many times per day someone may go outside for any of the above reasons. However the governments advice is to exercise everyday once but the law doe not say how many time other activities can happen.
- Can I go for a drive? There are no legislations that address the use of cars or vehicles at all and does not forbid members of the public from using their cars to go for a drive or travel to a location by car to exercise. It also states that petrol stations, car repair depos and taxi companies can all remain open, albeit with restrictions.
- Can I go shopping , what can I buy? The law does not define what constitutes as food and it does not specify hat type of food, drink or other items are permissible when shopping. The prime ministers spokesman said “if a shop is allowed to stay open, then it is allowed to sell al products from within the shop.” The law states that all supermarkets, corner shops, off licences, hardware stores, pet shops and post offices can all stay open.
- What can the police do? Officers can take all appropriate action to enforce the required legislations. They can order you to leave an area and have dispersal power and can use reasonable fore to remove people or a person if they are not complying. The polices can fine anyone 60–960 pounds. Those who do not pay can be fined again or even taken to court and given a prison sentence.
- What else do the rules say? The law defines a venerable person as someone who is ages 70 and above, or anyone who has any underlying health conditions or anyone who is pregnant.
This above English section is a very quick summation of articles, so I have added the link to the sight of origin of this knowledge. You can then read the articles if you wish.
At this point I am supposed to compare both contrives and choose which one is better. However I am just going to say that both of their strategies where useless and both countries have had vey high number of deaths per capita and every day cases for both countries were high. So overall Sweden is just slightly better than England as England put in place these laws are to late. I will leave you to make your mind up about which country did the best to stop the spread of Covid 19.
So that brings everything to a close I hope you enjoyed the blog and are following the governments advice in your county over this awful Covid 19 disaster. Day 13 will be called “ The 2008 recession.”