[Bahauddin Foizee] It would have taken a month at-tops to contain the virus and bring life back to normal in the cities across the world if three widely recommended steps were sharply implemented.
[Bahauddin Foizee] The governments across the world should prioritize human health (and lives) over economic health even from an economic standpoint alone.
[John Bruton] If the EU is to survive as a political project, it needs to create a European democratic constituency that complements the democratic constituencies to which national leaders appeal. The EU needs a political heart to sustain its economic body.
[John Bruton] Article 122 of the EU Treaty already makes provision for the EU to give aid to help states suffering from “natural disasters and exceptional occurrences” beyond the control of a member state or states. COVID-19 meets this criterion.
[Bahauddin Foizee] Chinese tourists and business persons, elderly population, not maintaining social distancing, and the delay in imposing full lockdown — all these factors made Italy the first Western country to be badly affected by the COVID-19.
[Bahauddin Foizee] The best option available against COVID-19 is the full, strict and early lockdown, together with testing the suspects, and treating and isolating the confirmed patients.
[John Bruton] Now that lives, and not just livelihoods, are at stake, an even more vigorous program of action from the G20 is needed.