More than a year ago, Novye Izvestia published an article by Russian scientist Vladimir Belousov, who has lived in Japan for many years, about why this country is more successful than others in coping with the coronavirus pandemic, and it does it easily and without violence against citizens. It is so easy that all over the world, they almost constantly speak and believe in a kind of "Japanese coronavirus phenomenon".
Indeed, in Japan, where more than 125 million people live in a relatively small area (a very high population density - a very large number of daily contacts between people), the number of cases has always been very small and sometimes dropped to a couple of dozen per day, and the epidemic did not develop. as in other countries of the world, but constantly skidded and periodically stalled.
At the same time, as Belousov now writes, Japan has never had any lockdowns, QR codes, police patrols on city streets, wild fines, administrative arrests, prison sentences and other harsh restrictive measures:
“There weren't even soft restrictive measures!
You may remember my video sketches from a park in the suburbs of Tokyo during an emergency, when there were so many children and adults on the beach and surrounding areas that the apple had nowhere to fall.
Yes, some mass events were canceled, but people themselves and readily agreed to these restrictions and supported them.
For the entire time of the pandemic, I only remember that the country's government asked us to be careful, keep our distance, wear masks, etc. and poured out various tax breaks and monetary compensation on the population.
There was one more restriction, the most unpleasant for travel companies and foreign tourists - Japan was not sure of the same discipline and responsibility of citizens of other countries and closed the borders for entry.
Japan does not have its own vaccine, and the country was forced to live in a regime of periodically introduced and canceled emergencies.
Now there are three vaccines at once: Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca.
Voluntary vaccination, and there are an incredible number of people who wish, began a few months ago and, as of September 27, 85 million people (out of 125 million of the country's population) had already been vaccinated and almost 70 million re-vaccinated.
In the second photo: a collage from my TV screen when I was watching the morning news (September 27).
The result was not long in coming.
Without any additional restrictive measures (various organizational measures, more formal ones, remained the same), within a month and a half, the number of infections (as of September 27) decreased by almost 11 times!
On August 13, the number of those who fell ill daily was 5771, and on September 27, the number of those who fell ill daily was already 531.
Over the past two years, Japan has repeatedly demonstrated to the world that it is possible to stop the development of the epidemic without any violence against people, but only by observing basic hygiene, discipline and a responsible attitude based on trust.
Now added to this is the stunning result of vaccination.
Someone says that it will be necessary to look at the result after the cancellation of the emergency, but you need to understand that the cancellation of the next latest emergency will not affect to any significant extent the number of contacts of people, since there was no lockdown and total isolation in the country.
If the emergency had not been announced in the media, then only a few would have guessed its existence..."