(English version only)
The first quarter of Year 2020 is indelible for us in Hong Kong and for our Earth in the way that World War III seems to have started from here. It is, however, a war without tanks, aircrafts, guns and bombs. The remarkable offensive weapon is a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus which can be caught at any time by anyone, no matter how vigorous, superior or powerful these people are. According to the compiled figures from Johns Hopkins University, as of 3 April 2020, 1,016,401 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed globally with 53,160 deaths recorded. Many countries have unleashed decisive wartime efforts by taking various restrictive measures like city lockdown, travel ban, mandatory quarantine and shelter-in-place order. This is going to be a long war, over the next months, entering into perhaps 2021.