Irresponsible actions in the United States, Brazil and Pakistan may undermine global efforts – editorials
When nations around the world are doing their best to flatten the coronavirus curve, it is incumbent on leaders to refrain from any statement or action that may exacerbate the situation. But sadly, not all world leaders have been responsible or circumspect in their expressions and behavior.
Tweets from United States President Donald Trump, calling on his supporters to free the Democratic states of Virginia, Michigan, and Minnesota, have been taken as a license to indulge in dangerous behavior, regardless of social distancing rules. and the reduction of company closings. This puts people’s lives at much greater risk. Brazilian President Jair Bolsanaro has summarily fired his health minister, Luiz Mandetta, an advocate of social estrangement and isolation. Despite the large number of cases, Bolsanaro has dismissed the virulent pandemic as nothing more than a “little flu.” Closer to home, in Pakistan, conditional congregations have been allowed in mosques, violating protocols established by the World Health Organization. Muslim countries around the world have not eased the restrictions, and with good reason, and have gained the full support of their clergy.
This cannot be treated simply as the political preference of specific countries, and their internal matter, since its consequences will be global. The spread of coronavirus disease has demonstrated the intricate ways in which the world is interconnected and interdependent. In a world where borders remain porous, even when a nation slips, it carries the threat of the virus’s rapid spread. The international community must collectively insist on the need to follow scientific advice. Political considerations, which clearly motivate leaders who advocate dangerous behavior, should be put aside for now. This could mean the difference between life and death.