SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST: Why coronavirus lockdowns will not be easy for developing countries, and what they can learn

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More developing countries have imposed lockdowns as the number of confirmed cases of
Covid-19
infection soared in the last week.
India
has been under an unprecedented
nationwide lockdown
since March 25, with the country’s 1.3 billion people ordered to stay at home for at least 21 days.
South Africa
started a
three-week lockdown
on March 27 and brought in the military to ensure it is enforced.
In
Indonesia
, President
Joko Widodo
, commonly known as Jokowi, so far has resisted calls to impose a lockdown because of the social and economic ramifications, but pressure is mounting for such a measure in the capital Jakarta, which has seen over 600 confirmed cases.

As an increasing number of developing countries contemplate stricter containment strategies to control the outbreak, it is critical to reflect on some salient features of the Covid-19 pandemic in the light of the experiences and circumstances in these countries.

Period30 Mar 2020

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  • TitleWhy coronavirus lockdowns will not be easy for developing countries, and what they can learn
    Media name/outletSouth China Morning Post
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryHong Kong
    Date30/03/20
    DescriptionMore developing countries have imposed lockdowns as the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19
    infection soared in the last week. India
    has been under an unprecedented nationwide lockdown
    since March 25, with the country’s 1.3 billion people ordered to stay at home for at least 21 days. South Africa
    started a three-week lockdown
    on March 27 and brought in the military to ensure it is enforced.
    In Indonesia
    , President Joko Widodo
    , commonly known as Jokowi, so far has resisted calls to impose a lockdown because of the social and economic ramifications, but pressure is mounting for such a measure in the capital Jakarta, which has seen over 600 confirmed cases.

    As an increasing number of developing countries contemplate stricter containment strategies to control the outbreak, it is critical to reflect on some salient features of the Covid-19 pandemic in the light of the experiences and circumstances in these countries.
    URLhttps://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/3077552/why-coronavirus-lockdowns-will-not-be-easy-developing-countries
    PersonsDale Whittington

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Global Development Institute

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • coronavirus
  • developing countries
  • SARS-CoV-2