Countries, provinces and cities are currently on lockdown. Airports, borders, supermarkets, schools closed, people asked to work from home as a way of practicing social distance and self isolation as the world fights to contain Corona virus epidemic dubbed Covid 19.
Covid 19’s economic impact is inevitable. Sporting activities including English Premiership League, European leagues which keep people on the edge of their seats have either been cancelled or postponed.
Rumour also has it that the Japan 2020 Olympics might be postponed following Canada and America pulling out, declaring that their athletes won’t be participating come what may.
In film, James Bond fans will have to wait further. The new movie primiere has been a victim as cinemas, broadway theatres and live music concerts cancelled and in some cases governments limiting public gatherings to 50 or 100 people while observing the 2 metres social distance.
According to Africa Diseases Control, 44 countries in Africa have registered cases of Covid 19. Since the outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been overwhelmely worried about African countries of having weak health systems as the continent is also battling other outbreaks such as Ebola.
However, Chinese online retail giant, Ali Baba founder, now retired CEO Jack Ma and American Pop star Rihanna have since committed themselves to helping African countries with billions of dollars and protective equipment such as face masks and sanitizers.
To date, our neighbouring countries such as Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe have already registered confirmed cases of Covid 19 prompting Hip Hop artist Gwamba to cancel his long awaited “Mama said God first” album launch in Mzuzu.
Before President Peter Mutharika’s landmark public address on Covid 19, the Malawi Hip Hop Community had also petitioned both government and the President on the same. In its strong worded petition, the community had requested President Mutharika to close our borders as a precaution.
Artists in developed countries have also further formulated creative ways of entertaining their fans via the internet. Both musicians and comedians can be seen taking requests and performing on Facebook Live as well as Twitter and other social media services.
Where there is a tragedy, there is an opportunity. Since the global Covid 19 outbreak in China, business has boomed and a spike on traffic on online streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime and service providers such as Ali Baba and Amazon.
On the other hand, video conferencing seem to have replaced face to face corporate meetings. Despite the country’s erratic internet connectivity, let’s try our level best to stay entertained online, TV, or watch DVDs. Its high time we avoided social interaction to avoid transmitting the virus, especially to older people.