Rome (Agenzia Fides) - "On January 23, 2020, the Chinese city of Wuhan was shut down. Then it was the turn of Huanggang and then of Ezhou. According to WHO, the isolation of a city as large as Wuhan is unprecedented in public health history. This is where the story of Covid-19 begins, to which the largest and most populous continent in the world will adopt very different responses", on the one hand with appropriate and innovative measures, but sometimes also with delay or mystification of the data, sometimes even at the expense of migrants and people on the fringes of society". This is what we read, in the part dedicated to Asia, in the "Covid Special" from the "46th Parallel" Association which for the past ten years has been publishing an "Atlas of Wars and Conflicts" (published in English and Italian).
In the 2020 edition sent to Agenzia Fides, The Special reflects on the development of Covid-19 and its effects on the global geopolitical balance and highlights the effects of the pandemic not only from a health point of view and takes into account the most important strategies to contain and defeat it. Above all, the socio-economic and political consequences worldwide are observed. The Atlas also describes the strategic and military repositioning, the network of international alliances, the conflicts that fueled or caused the pandemic, the unheard truce launched by the United Nations and Pope Francis, and the cases where the coronavirus became the "pretext" for "special laws" and the abrogation of rights was made. Finally, the effects on the regions with more or less open or intense conflicts are also documented.
"The Covid-19 pandemic has not stopped the wars", reads the presentation of the Atlas, and the United Nations and Pope's appeal for a ceasefire has been largely ignored. The distribution of wealth has not been rebalanced and the world GDP collapsed, but it was mainly the poor who were affected. The so-called informal economy that previously enabled billions of people in Africa, Latin America and Asia to earn a living has been wiped out. And as all of this happens, immense resources, which could be used to combat the epidemic on a health, social and economic level, are being invested in weapons". (MG) (Agenzia Fides, 7/10/2020)