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Jakarta Post

Fighting ‘neocolonialist’ response to coronavirus

  • Frederic Guerlava

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 2 2020   /  10:12 am

Since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on Jan. 30, the responses of panicked governments have been almost universal: drastic measures on social distancing and general containment of populations.Italy, in particular, adopted measures of increasing strictness as the tide of death swept through the Lombardy region, where hospitals became overwhelmed. France had a delayed response, with President Emmanuel Macron still dining out in Paris and going to the theater on March 9 to play down the virus’s risks and to reassure the French population, before finally announcing a lockdown one week after.On May 18, schools reopened in 22 European countries including France, and Germany’s Bundesliga premier soccer league resumed two days earlier, all under strict health protocols.Indeed, the epidemic is heating up confined minds to come up with all kinds of conspiracy theori...