RAWALPINDI: The coronavirus took the world by surprise. Many thought it would be over in a matter of days but it has been lingering on for months. The pandemic has exposed the performance of many governments, leadership skills of crowned heads and innovative capabilities of many institutes.
Poor countries neither have health facilities nor enough resources to fight the pandemic. Covid-19 has forced poor countries to look towards the rich for help to combat the catastrophic situation. However, the rich countries too have fallen in quicksand. The pandemic has affected the whole world. It has paralysed the tourism industry, halted imports and exports and disturbed the production process. Cinemas are empty, saloons are shut down and educational institutions are closed. Life has come to a standstill. Manufacturing has been decreasing as many export products have seen a fall in demand. When every country is focusing on giving relief to their people to dampen economic effects, the US is using a superpower’s strategy to strengthen their economy by offering the world to borrow US dollars. It is necessary to deal with pandemic first rather than focus on monetary incentives.
We should listen to the instructions of doctors and healthcare workers. The government should provide them with the necessary resources.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 29th, 2020.
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