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Insight: Desperately seeking global cooperation, leadership to beat COVID-19

  • Dino Patti Djalal

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 1 2020   /  12:48 am

The preferred policy response of every country threatened by COVID-19 seems to be severely restricting movement (of people, goods and services) into and out of cities or countries. For now, this is the best way to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus within and between nations.

But beating COVID-19 will require much more than lockdowns, social distancing and travel bans. Even if China, South Korea and Japan succeed in scaling back the virus, much of the rest of the world still catches it.

Indeed, the World Health Organization has expressed serious concern over the “alarming level of inaction” in many countries. To survive this crisis, the world community will need a heavy dose of international cooperation and leadership.

Yet instead of intense international cooperation, it’s seems to be “every nation for itself”. The COVID-19 threat is still so ne...