POLL: Readers oppose reintroduction of coronavirus lockdown

The number of infected people might be rising, but people oppose a lockdown. (FILE/Shutterstock)
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Updated 28 July 2020

POLL: Readers oppose reintroduction of coronavirus lockdown

  • The number of infected people is on the increase in some places
  • More than half said they opposed a lockdown

DUBAI: Hundreds of Arab News readers have said they were opposed to the reintroduction of a lockdown, even if the number of people infected with the coronavirus continued to rise.

Lebanon is about begin a two-week lockdown after the country’s health minister slammed people for a “lack of community discipline and disregard” for all preventive measures and warned that the coronavirus outbreak was taking a “dangerous turn.”



Elsewhere Oman is approaching the end of a lockdown, but will be enforcing a night time curfew over the Eid Al-Adhar period and a ban on movement will be enforced.

But while the potentially deadly virus tries to make an unwelcome comeback in parts of the world the prospect of a return to widespread lockdowns is looking to be an unwelcomed one.

And in the UK where the number of infected and mortality rates are among the highest in the world, the focus seems to be on reopening the country to its residents.

An Arab News Twitter Poll revealed that 54.6 percent of the 1,014 who took part were opposed to the idea of another lockdown.

Just 32.9 percent said they supported the idea of closing down to combat the spread of the virus, 12.4 percent said they were undecided.

Now take our new poll:


Bad week for Mexico tourism capped by mis-translations

Updated 45 min 36 sec ago

Bad week for Mexico tourism capped by mis-translations

  • The snafu has prompted former president Felipe Calderón to write in his Twitter account: “Stop making Mexico look ridiculous!”
  • Local media reports say the errors may have been introduced by a web services supplier angry about not being paid

MEXICO CITY: It has been a bad week for Mexican tourism promotion, and it got worse Friday when the English language version of the country’s tourism website appeared with hilarious mis-translations.
Entire states like Hidalgo and Guerrero apparently got machine translated as “Noble” and “Warrior.”
Worse for the VisitMexico.com site, there was systematic and inexplicable re-invention of the names of some fairly well-known tourist towns. The Caribbean resort of Tulum somehow became “Jumpsuit.” The nearby lagoon of Bacalar, on the Caribbean coast, was switched to the Gulf coast state of Tabasco.
The snafu came one day after the US State Department cited the high number of COVID-19 cases in Mexico for issuing a “do not travel” advisory for the country, its highest level of warning. Hours earlier, the resort of Acapulco was forced to pull “anything goes” tourism ads that showed people partying without masks and the words “there are no rules.”
But the problems at VisitMexico.com drew howls of hilarity — and anger. The Pacific coast resort of Puerto Escondido became “Hidden Port,” a literal translation, and the northern city of Torreon became “Turret,” which is kind of close.
Some name changes were just inexplicable and appeared to have as much to do with invention as simple translation. The central Mexican town of Aculco somehow became “I Blame,” and the northern Gulf coast city of Ciudad Madero became “Log.”
“Stop making Mexico look ridiculous!” former President Felipe Calderón wrote in his Twitter account.
Mexico’s Tourism Department issued a statement apologizing for the apparently out-sourced errors, but then made it sound like something sinister had been involved.
“The Tourism Department expresses its most sincere apologies to the public and users for the effects that have occurred on the website VisitMexico,” the statement said. “Moreover, we make it known that these acts aim to damage the image of the website and the department, and so therefore a criminal complaint has been filed and appropriate legal actions will be taken against those responsible.”
The department did not explain that claim, but local media reported the dispute might involve a web services supplier angry about not being paid.
On Thursday, officials took down a pair of Acapulco video ads touting the faded resort’s reputation as a nightclubbing spot — despite the fact nightclubs are currently closed to enforce social distancing. They said the ads weren’t appropriate during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have stopped being a postcard from the past, today we have changed the rules,” says a narration in one of the videos. “In fact, there are no rules,” says another voice, as people can be seen eating bizarre meals and going out to night clubs. “Eat whatever you want, have fun day and night and into the early morning hours ... find new friends and new loves.”