Spain rushes: locals don’t care, Chinese choose to return

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Original title: Spain is anxious: The local people do not take it seriously, the Chinese choosing to return

  crisis of the to is likely to have just begun to hit

China outside China, and the epidemic has come quite fiercely. The first is Europe. In Italy, more than 17,000 people have been diagnosed, and the ratio between deaths and cures is closer to 1: 1. The second-ranked Spain, as of 12:00 local time on the 14th, has a cumulative diagnosis of 5,753 people and 136 deaths. On the afternoon of March 13, local time, Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez finally declared a state of emergency with a deadline of 15 days to curb the spread of coronavirus disease.

And according to the latest news from Reuters, Spain may follow Italy’s footsteps and begin to “close the country”: A draft decree shows that the government will announce that all Spanish People must stay at home.

In contrast to the urgent epidemic, the nerves of the locals have not started to tighten, and they still live according to daily habits. The crisis is likely to have just begun.

  Hesitant about the

Spanish Chinese Wang Qi told Chinese philanthropists that despite a series of injunctions, the locals still seem to dismiss them.

Wang Qi is a consultant at a plastic surgery hospital in Madrid. Cosmetic hospitals also have dentistry. A large number of droplets were generated during this operation, and the types of work that have not been resumed in China so far have been operating in Madrid until the emergency ban on March 13 was issued.

“Dare to walk (dental) side at all.” Wang Qi said.

Her colleagues’ attitude also worried her. According to Wang Qi, although relatively ordinary people, the hospital staff’s awareness of protection has been much better, knowing to wear a mask. But they still wear masks differently than people in the country: they only cover their mouths, not their noses, and they take them off while chatting. “It doesn’t really make sense.”

The number of people going out is not small, and almost no masks are worn, and many nightclubs and restaurants are still open as usual. In contrast, Chinese stores closed 80% of their stores. Local Chinese spontaneously distributed masks to pedestrians at the subway entrance.

Wang Qi also noticed that in various supermarkets in Spain, the first thing to be cleaned was toilet paper and disinfectant alcohol, not masks. Regarding why we want to grab toilet paper, Wang Qi put forward an explanation: the locals think that the raw materials and masks used to make toilet paper are the same. With the development of the epidemic, manufacturers will switch to masks. No more paper.

Photo / Photo by intervieweesDisinfecting alcohol has been sold out at a local pharmacy in Madrid. Photo / Photo by interviewees What

makes Qi Wang speechless is that in her concept, the suspension of school meant that parents should take their children away from home. But there are obviously more parents with children on the street-it turns out that in the eyes of locals, not going to school means that they can come out and play.

Wang Qi is not without trying to reverse the ideas of colleagues. She tried to persuade her boss to take a vacation, but was rejected on the spot. The boss’s words were always “Madrid now has more than a thousand cases and nothing will happen.”

 “What if it spreads?”

“Everything is possible. There are many more people in car accidents every year. nothing to be afraid of.”

There is This is only “large flu”, only for the elderly with basic diseases, everything It is possible and not necessary to fear-these ideas are still prevalent in most Spaniards.

The prevalence of the new crown virus in Spain is not unrelated to Italy. Not long ago, thousands of Spanish Valencia fans went with the team to San Siro Stadium to watch a guest game against Atlanta. And after returning to Spain. A Valencia team reporter was diagnosed with the new crown virus. The others were not effectively isolated, and they returned home after returning from Italy.

Facing this situation, Wang Qi didn’t think about returning to China to take refuge. But there are many obstacles: the price of a one-way ticket has risen to 1,400 euros, equivalent to more than 10,000 yuan. Secondly, the risk of infection on an aircraft cannot be underestimated.

Direct money expenditure can only be considered a small cost. What really makes Wang Qi hesitant is a series of job and visa risks. She tried to apply for a vacation from her boss, but was rejected by the latter. Moreover, her visa stipulates that if she returns to China for more than three months, her visa will be invalidated and her visa cannot be renewed. “If Spain is like Italy, it will be troublesome. In this trend, three months may not be able to suppress it.” Wang Qi said.

After thinking about it, Wang Qi still decided not to return to China. For Wang Qi, there are too many things to give up rashly: work, visa, green card, cat. The hard-won, stable life began to crumble in this outbreak.

As of press time, news came from Spain. With the ban tightening, Spain has forced businesses to close, and only pharmacies and supermarkets are allowed to open. Wang Qi’s hospital has been closed. It is rumored that Madrid’s “citadel” will soon begin.

Photo / Photo by interviewees On thefirst day of the emergency, almost all food was sold out on the supermarket shelves. Photo / Photo by interviewees:

Returnees: those who

In addition to are still hesitating, some people have made a decision to return home immediately. On March 4, Xu Jiao, an overseas Chinese merchant in Madrid, made an instant booking for the next day’s air ticket, took the child home, and left her husband to run the shop.

Originally, Xu Jiao had a plan to return to the country at the end of March every year in order to return to the ancestors in Qingming. But the epidemic quickly spread. In early March, more than 100 confirmed cases were reported in Spain, but officials have not yet announced the suspension of the festival and half marathon. Seeing that the situation was not good, Xu Jiao immediately put forward the plan to return to China.

The main reason for returning to China is for the health of the child. In early March, schools in Spain continued to attend classes as usual, and vacations were not allowed. The rules of the local school are that if there is no sick leave note or a doctor’s certificate, if the child is not going to school for more than three days, the child will be removed from the school. But returning home with parents is not subject to this restriction.

Tickets are not easy to buy either. Originally from Madrid, there were five non-stop flights a day, but now it has been reduced to only two, and tickets before March 20 have been sold out. For this reason, the Xu Jiao family had to make a detour around Frankfurt to return to China.

The difference between the two connections is quite obvious: the Chinese people all wore masks on the flight from Madrid to Frankfurt, and Xu Jiao also prepared protective clothing for the children. But Europeans have little precaution. When returning from Frankfurt to Beijing, the number of Chinese suddenly increased, all wearing masks.

After arriving in Beijing, Xu Jiao felt that China ’s epidemic prevention efforts were “significantly higher than in Europe”. Declarations, registrations, and departure in batches, everything went well. After going from Beijing to Wenzhou, the above process went again. After the passengers have passed the quarantine inspection, the epidemic prevention station will be responsible for chartering the car and returning to Qingtian County in batches.

To a certain extent, to this day, the initial battlefield of the epidemic—Wuhan, Hubei—the situation has been basically controlled, and the focus of work has shifted from internal outbreaks to preventing overseas imports. And each hometown of overseas Chinese has become a bridgehead for virus prevention and control.

Xu Jiao’s hometown, Qingtian County, Lishui, Zhejiang, is one of many “bridgeheads.” According to CCTV news reports, there are 330,000 overseas Chinese living in Qingtian County, of which 100,000 Qingtians live and work in Italy. As the epidemic in Europe is getting worse, returnees are increasing. In order to prevent imported cases abroad, Qingtian County has introduced various prevention and control measures. This includes the “closed loop” system of pick-up and drop-off at the epidemic prevention station, which will send the hotel to the quarantine for 14 days without landing.

As soon as Xu Jiao got off the plane, she was taken to a hotel temporarily rented by the government. She was not allowed to leave the room for 14 days. It is said that the hotel reopened on February 26 and was leased by the government on March 5.

With the return of more and more returnees, local hotels in Qingtian quickly rushed. “For a few days, the hotel was full, and I heard that the next few batches might be arranged elsewhere.” Xu Jiao said.

At present, Xu Jiao and her child have been staying in the hotel room for ten days. They are disinfected every day and three meals a day. So far everything is satisfactory. The central air conditioner in the room was unavailable for fear of cross infection.

As of press time, Xu Jiao’s store has been closed.

  middlemen

The epidemic of ‘s rapid overseas expansion has also made many people smell business opportunities.

A few days ago, in order to meet the needs of epidemic prevention, many manufacturers of clothing, medical equipment and even automobiles switched to masks. However, as the epidemic situation gradually improved, the demand for masks gradually shrank and prices began to decline slowly. “People are not demanding N95 anymore, and a disposable mask is often used for a few days.” The mask dealer army told Chinese philanthropists.

But in Madrid, demand seems to be just beginning to grow. A friend of the army in Spain told him that a box of 50 disposable medical masks can be sold locally for nearly 50 euros, which is equivalent to nearly 8 yuan each. In China, the cost of a single disposable medical mask is only 2 yuan. The profits are considerable.

Photo / Photo by intervieweesPicture of a box of 50 masks, priced at 47.5 Euros. Photo / Photo by interviewees

Although for now, the customer base of European masks is still mainly Chinese. In the idea of ​​the locals in Madrid, masks are “worn by sick people”, but healthy people do not need them. But the army has its own set of theories, and still hoards a batch of masks, ready to “gamble” with friends.

“People are the same, they are all afraid of death. When it’s time to die, everything has to change.” Da Jun said.

Earlier, the army still had concerns about whether selling masks overseas would violate the law, and there were suspicions of “selling national strategic materials.” But that worry was quickly dispelled. At the press conference of the Ministry of Commerce on March 5, Li Xinggan, director of the Foreign Trade Department of the Ministry of Commerce, clarified that masks are free trade products, and the Chinese government has not set any trade control measures. Since the outbreak, the Ministry of Commerce has never released relevant masks. And its ban on the export of raw materials for its production.

However, the absence of an export ban does not mean that the mask business will be smooth. According to the public account “China International Chamber of Commerce”, starting from 2019, the new EU regulation PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 is mandatory, requiring all masks exported to the EU to obtain CE certification under the requirements of the new regulations. CE certification is a compulsory product safety certification system implemented by the European Union to protect the lives and property of people in EU countries. The masks purchased by the army are industrial protective products temporarily converted to production, which have not reached the medical level, and obtaining CE certification is far in the future.

In other words, even if the army’s goods are shipped to Spain, there is no way to sell them in the pharmacy in an upright manner, and it can only be transferred in a small scale in the local Chinese micro-business circle. If the one-time shipment is too large, there is also the risk of seizure. For this reason, the army had to use the “stupid” method: using cross-border express delivery, send masks to Europe at a self-contained amount of one hundred. But in this way, not only the freight rate remains high, but the shipment volume is also unstable.

These days, the army can feel that friends seem to be a little dissatisfied, and they want to find a larger, more stable and qualified supplier. He even bypassed him directly to the interface cover manufacturer.

“Some time ago, there were customers, and I couldn’t find a place to make masks. Now, in reverse, I have masks, and I can’t find customers.” Faced with the “intent betrayal” of friends, the army seemed a little helpless. “No way, who doesn’t know English and don’t know the people over there?”

During the interview, the army also asked reporters “Do you know friends from Europe?” I hope to help recommend a few customers .

(At the request of interviewees, Wang Qi, Xu Jiao, and )

Da Jun are aliases Responsible editor: Wu Jinming