Trump’s ‘game-changer’ medicine and Modi’s ‘janta curfew,’ Merkel’s admission, Trudeau’s work from home, and Conte’s cry for help… here’s what the heads of crisis-hit states have said about the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Highlights! Leading World In Times Of Coronavirus Pandemic
- Narendra Modi’s ‘Janta Curfew’
- Donald Trump’s Game-Changing Solution
- Justin Trudeau, Working From Home, like the rest of us
- Angela Merkel, Voice of the Free World
- Giuseppe Conte, A Cry For Help
How are world leaders like Trump, Modi, Merkel, Trudeau and Conte responding to the coronavirus threat?
Coronavirus is slowing changing us and how! The millennial are realizing their dream to work from home while Gen Z is embracing role reversal screaming on their parents not to step out of the home. Boomers’ well panic and economic crisis aren’t new for them…
The coronavirus has claimed people’s socializing rights, sanity and mobility while none can complain. Self-isolation and quarantine are the buzz words of 2020.
While the masses are in panic and fear struck it’s the responsibility of the world leaders to bring peace and order. Here’s how five world leaders – India’s Narendra Modi, United States’ Donald Trump, Canada’s Justin Trudeau, Germany’s Angela Merkel, and Italy’s Giuseppe Conte are responding to the Covid-19 crisis.
India: Narendra Modi’s ‘Janta Curfew’
With every passing hour, India braces for the coming Janta Curfew invocated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After six years of his governance, Coronavirus might be the toughest challenge in his political career.
If his curfew proves successful, Modi will be cherished as the most proactive and powerful politician of this generation. If not, well the negligence won’t be taken so kindly by history.
On Thursday, Modi addressed the nation to invocate the curfew between 7 am to 9 pm on March 22. In India, the coronavirus count nears a 300 mark. As per the reports, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has widened the scope of testing including some asymptomatic individuals.
In a first, an official statement quoted him saying, “No stone should be left unturned in our common endeavours to fight COVID-19.”
Via video conferencing Modi addressed Chief Ministers of the states and assured that a COVID-19 Economic Response Task Force would devise an approach to tackle the economic challenge.
India is already in a semi lockdown mode. The international air travel closes on Sunday while Indian Railway has relaxed its ticket cancellation policies.
The United States: Trump’s Game-Changing Solution
Modi’s US counterpart, President Donald Trump declared himself the Wartime President. Trump gave a war cry against coronavirus telling US citizens that it’s their ‘big war.’
After imposing the lockdown in the US Trump administration is now actively looking for a Covid-19 cure. Trump in his press briefing claimed that anti-malaria drug ‘Chloroquine’ can be a ‘game-changer’ as a treatment.
The researchers around the world are debating the possibility while the death toll in the US has gone over 200. The strain is building upon the Hospitals in New York.
Soon one in four Americans will be required to stay at home as New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Illinois will severely restrict residents’ movement after California.
Canada: Justin Trudeau, Working From Home
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has sealed the US Frontier, implemented an economic aid package and has moved to limit civil liberties. All while sitting at home with three kids in tow.
The G7 leader is in isolation with his family since his wife Sophie Trudeau tested positive.
This isn’t like the White House. The family is in quarantine and there are no caregivers or political staff at home. Just the Trudeau family and Justin, being the only functioning adult who is also running a country.
On Saturday, the Canadian government announced several considerations are being made. These include the closure of airspace, the local situation and the number of Canadians stranded in each country.
Germany: Angela Merkel, Voice Of The Free World
Among the male counterparts, Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany made a rare appearance on TV to speak directly to the nation. Merkel said three bland words ‘Es ist ernst’ meaning ‘This is serious’. Her direct words held a hard truth like hell hath no fury.
Without any accusations, obfuscations, boasts, dubious claims, apocalyptic metaphors or war rhetoric Merkel did what a leader is supposed to do: Explain the grave situation and provide the solace in leadership. Merkel recognised that coronavirus is the biggest challenge that Germany has seen since World War II.
She didn’t announce any closures or curfew but assured that the government’s help would flow to everyone who needed it.
As the devastating impact of Covid-19 becomes clear on Germany ahead of Monday’s cabinet meeting. Merkel’s government readies more than 150 Billion euros in debt financing to help economic fallout.
Italy: Giuseppe Conte, A Cry For Help
Current death toll in Italy has surpassed 4,800. The country has seen the worst of Covid-19 since Europe became the epicentre of the pandemic.
Italy’s curfews are to be extended given the increasing number of death tolls. The hospitals in the country are getting bottlenecked to an extent that they might not be able to treat the next patient that walks in.
Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte has asked the Europen Union for its ‘full firepower’ of 500 billion euros to help Europe’s crisis during coronavirus outbreak.
With the Coronavirus situation worsening in the coming days these leaders would have another issue at hand ‘the impending doom of global financial collapse…’