Two cities of Korea and Japan under the epidemic: tension in Daegu and calm in Osaka

 Two cities of Korea and Japan under the epidemic: tension in Daegu and calm in Osaka

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Recently, the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic prevention and control situation in Korea and Japan has become increasingly severe, which has aroused international concern.

The forenoon novel coronavirus pneumonia confirmed the latest announcement in February 28th, and at the 9 oclock in the morning, 256 cases were confirmed by new crown pneumonia in South Korea, totaling 2022 cases and 13 deaths.

On the 27th, Daegu, the epidemic center of South Korea, ushered in the most rapid single day growth since the outbreak. On the same day, there were 505 new cases in South Korea, and Daegu accounted for more than 80%. At present, more than 60% of cases in South Korea are concentrated in Daegu. The medical resources in Daegu have been overloaded for several consecutive days. A 74 year old man who was diagnosed with the new coronavirus died Thursday after being rushed to the hospital for emergency treatment after his condition deteriorated during self isolation at home due to a lack of wards. This has raised concerns that insufficient beds could lead to more deaths.

On February 28, due to the expansion of the epidemic, Disneyland in Tokyo and Universal Studios in Osaka announced that they would be closed from February 29 to March 15. On the same day, Japans Ministry of culture, science and Technology issued a notice on February 28 to the national education committees of all prefectures and counties, requiring all primary and secondary schools to suspend classes. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in the house of representatives that this is a very important period to control the expansion speed of the epidemic, so he hoped that the society would understand the requirement of class suspension.

However, Japanese media reported that the sudden decision of Abe government not only increased the sense of unease of Japanese people, but also caught schools and parents by surprise. The notice from the Ministry of education and culture also made the local education committees with the right to suspend classes face difficult decisions, and the local government worried that the suspension might cause more chaos.

The same severe epidemic is reflected in the peoples lives in two cities of South Korea and Japan, namely, Daegu and Osaka. Young young, a doctoral student studying at gyeongbei University in Daegu, South Korea, has been feeling the heightened tension of the surrounding people over the past two weeks, while young Gao, a doctoral student studying at Osaka University in Japan, is regarded as too nervous by his tutor.

Daegu: my workaholic professor is not coming to school

Im Xiao Yang from kyungbei University of Korea. Im studying for a doctorate in literature and information.

On February 5, I returned to Daegu from China. On the way from Incheon Airport to Daegu by bus, I noticed that the passengers in the bus did not wear masks. At that time, I was invited to live in Seoul by other students. At that time, I felt that the whole South Korea did not pay special attention to the epidemic.

After returning to Daegu, I received a request from the schools international exchange department that I try to stay at home for 14 days. At that time, I was just moving, so I went to the previous rental house to get things before isolation. I remember clearly that when I was in the taxi, the drivers master also took the initiative to remind me to close the window to prevent catching cold. After 14 days of home quarantine, the outbreak began on February 19 in South Korea, especially in Daegu. When I took a taxi again on February 20, the drivers master asked me to open the window to keep the ventilation.

Now, the school has been postponed to the middle of March, and all public libraries, museums and churches in Daegu have been closed. After the outbreak, I only went out twice to my schools research room. Although every time I go, I will send an email to my classmates and teachers in advance, asking them not to be bothered by my arrival, but I always feel that everyone will deliberately keep a certain distance. My classmate told me that my workaholic Professor, who comes to school almost every day, has stopped coming to school.

Now, almost everyone in Daegu street is wearing masks, but I can still feel that people are working and working normally. I noticed that there are disinfection notices posted at the door of the hotel, and there are no customers in them. But a friend told me that the pub that is open at night seems to have a good business. Do you think alcohol can be disinfected?

Frankly speaking, I havent seen many targeted prevention and control measures. As far as I know, South Korean people will receive regular text messages to remind them of the information related to the epidemic. Meanwhile, there will be some big loudspeaker broadcasts near the accommodation areas to remind them to wear masks, pay attention to ventilation and sanitation. In addition, the government will provide masks in a planned way. Now, masks have become a hot commodity. We have a long line to buy masks. I also saw a Korean friend hoarding a bunch of masks to take photos of dazzle the rich.

Some goods on the Internet platform have been sold out. The pictures are provided by the interviewees

After the super communication event in Daegu, the number of online shoppers has increased significantly in recent days, and the dispatchers are more busy. Most of the next days delivery is completed before 7:00 in the morning. We can receive the goods at any time when we open the door. They can display the delivery through the shopping platform, and users can solve problems in receiving goods through the network platform without meeting. Such a quick delivery service is very popular, but some of the food will soon be out of stock. So in addition to fresh food, I will choose to send dry goods and so on, which will take about two to three days.

A few days ago, the general dispatcher knocked on my door. In order to avoid contact with people, I asked him to put the goods at the door. He said he needed to sign for confirmation, so I put on my mask and opened the door. He was a middle-aged man, thin and tall. It rained that day. There was water on his raincoat and helmet. Although there was a windshield on his helmet, it could be seen that his hair and collar seemed wet. His lips seemed to peel off and split. Obviously, he had been working for a long time and his face was tired. I signed to thank him. He just said goodbye and left quickly.

In Daegu, people have generally chosen not to go out but to purchase goods by express delivery

Now, when Chinese students return to South Korea, they have to accept 14 days of home isolation observation, which is generally very cooperative.

After the outbreak of the Daegu epidemic, many foreign students began to think about returning home, but I will continue to adhere to such a home-based learning and living condition for some time.

Just on the 26th, some large-scale activities in Tokyo Metropolitan Area, such as concerts, began to stop. Before that, the Japanese young people around me were still planning how to go to Tokyo to watch the concerts. Now they are still saying, if its not cancelled, they will definitely go..

A very intuitive change is that last week when I went out, the proportion of people wearing masks on the street was about one-third, but now nearly 80% of people wear masks, masks and disinfectant water have become a hot and even impossible commodity. However, there are fewer young people wearing masks. In the food store where I work, Im the only one in the staff who wears masks, and none of my Japanese colleagues wear them.

In Osaka, Chinese students will try to avoid going out, but my Japanese friends give me the feeling of being very calm, they will go shopping normally. Novel coronavirus pneumonia is not a high mortality rate in China, but many of the patients have underlying diseases and are older. I told them that I didnt want the Japanese epidemic to get more and more serious. They said I was over worried.

Osakas drugstore has posted a special instruction saying that employees will wear masks, but please dont worry

Now some companies in Japan begin to implement the mode of off peak work, but my friends will use off peak work time to go to the gym for exercise. For them, off peak work does not seem to be to prevent and control the epidemic.

As far as I can see, Osaka has not taken any more prevention and control measures, and has not noticed all the measures taken to measure the temperature of the public, including public transport facilities.

Osaka University will update the quick report of the epidemic every two days and send it to every student, and carry out a live online learning conference on epidemic prevention and control. The schools Express newspaper warns that if there is a fever, please isolate yourself at home. The Express newspaper will include the contact numbers of some clinics for people to contact.

The overall feeling is that Japan relies on the decision of enterprises and individuals to prevent and control the epidemic, so that everyone is not particularly clear about what to do. Japanese singer Guijiao Nishikawa also complained on the Internet on the 26th that he did not know whether the concert would continue or not, criticizing the government for not giving the people clear information. Osaka has been closed for schools other than high school since March 29. I also noticed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan announced to suspend primary and secondary schools nationwide from March 2, but I feel that in response to these decisions, we are more complaining.