In this week’s editors’ discussion on Trend Lines, WPR’s Judah Grunstein and Freddy Deknatel talk about the role of data in the coronavirus pandemic. They also discuss the implications of inaccuracies and disinformation in the crisis, as well as governments’ use of public diplomacy for strategic advantage.
The Coronavirus Pandemic: All of WPR’s Coverage
Democratically elected leaders in Italy, the U.S., the U.K. and elsewhere have been rightly criticized for their various failures in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Yet they are not irredeemable errors, and they do not foretell the failure of democracy, as China’s propaganda would have it.
Governments across Africa are taking drastic steps to try and slow the spread of the coronavirus. This week, Ethiopia became the first African country to postpone an election over concerns that holding the vote would worsen the pandemic. Its highly anticipated general election is now delayed indefinitely.