"Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido offers a grim lesson in the next
phase of the battle against COVID-19. It acted quickly and contained an
early outbreak of the coronavirus with a 3-week lockdown. But, when the
governor lifted restrictions, a second wave of infections hit even
harder. Twenty-six days later, the island was forced back into lockdown.
A doctor who helped coordinate the government response says he wishes
they’d done things differently. “Now I regret it, we should not have
lifted the first state of emergency,” Dr. Kiyoshi Nagase, chairman of
the Hokkaido Medical Association, tells TIME.
Hokkaido’s story is a sobering reality check for leaders across the
world as they consider easing coronavirus lockdowns: Experts say
restrictions were lifted too quickly and too soon because of pressure
from local businesses, coupled with a false sense of security in its
declining infection rate."
Via Frederick Wilson II.
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