The Japanese island of Hokkaido is teaching the world a lesson about the epidemic of code 19 caused by the new novel coronavirus, that ending a lockdown too soon can cause a lot of damage.
The island, in northern Japan, responded immediately to the outbreak with a three-week lockdown, but the government lifted the ban, after which a second wave of the disease hit it hard.
Only 26 days after the lockdown ended, the island was re-locked.
Dr. Kyoshi Nagasi, chairman of the Hokkaido Medical Association, which co-operates in response to the local government, says he now wants something different to happen. "I regret it now.
The Hokkaido experience is now a lesson for leaders around the world who are considering easing the lockdown.
Experts say ending the lockdown too soon under pressure from businesses could exacerbate the epidemic.
Kazoto Suzuki, deputy head of the Department of International Politics at the University of Hokkaido, said: "Hokkaido proves, for example, that the opening of states by individual governors in the United States is very dangerous. Can't stop, but you need to control, we now know that even if we control the first wave, there is no need to calm down.
Hokkaido has a population of 5.3 million and was the first part of Japan where the epidemic began and prompted an immediate response.
More than 12,000 cases have been confirmed in Japan so far, but the number has doubled in the past two weeks, which is worrying.+