LettersCovid deaths: from Trump to Boris Johnson and beyond, leaders fail to human lives over politics
- Elections and political positions come and go, but human lives that are lost are lost forever and leave gaping holes in families and the lives of loved ones
The global economy has been crippled. More than 200 million people will be rendered jobless across the world, according to United Nations. As many as an additional 115 million people could sink into extreme poverty, according to the World Bank.
Some leaders were more concerned about winning elections. They devoted more time to their campaigns than managing Covid-19. They refused to lock down crowded cities and transport networks, afraid to cripple their economies. They did not want unemployment or low rates of growth before the elections. The result was that Covid-19 took a tenacious grip.
Political leaders should learn to put the public good above their own interests. Elections come and go. Political jobs like president and prime minister also come and go. However, human lives that are lost are lost forever. They leave gaping holes in families and the lives of loved ones.
Rajendra Aneja, Mumbai