Let the blame game begin. As some countries begin tentatively relaxing their lockdown measures, politicians in others are coming under criticism for their handling of the crisis. Voters are starting to wonder why some states have seemingly weathered the pandemic better than they others. Lessons are being learned from Germany, Austria, Denmark, Singapore, South Korea, Australia and others.
We all face a common foe in COVID-19. The virus does not discriminate (though there may be evidence it affects some communities more than others). People have finally set aside political differences and come together. Or, actually, maybe not. Perhaps it’s all the World Health Organisation’s fault. Or maybe let’s blame it on the Chinese. Or the Americans. Or conservatives. Or liberals.
Let’s not forget that the crisis is still ongoing. Even those countries coming out of lockdown are doing so cautiously, and may reintroduce social distancing measures if cases of the virus start to surge. Nobody is out of the woods yet, and it may be too early to start apportioning blame.
Certainly, politicians do need to be held to account for their decisions. However, we still don’t have an accurate picture of how the pandemic is playing out in different countries. We do not yet know the true infection rate or fatality rate of the virus. The fatality rate, in particular, is contentious, with most countries only recording deaths in hospitals, leaving out deaths in care homes from the official figures.
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