Disaster financiers dream of disassembling commonwealth nations for post-viral exploitation

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When coronavirus crept across the world in early February, talk of how different nations were dealing with the virus came to resemble the Olympics for state ability. Which country had the authorities concerned, the supplies and the expertise to “crush the curve”? A balance sheet of national progress celebrated out a dismal race to the horizon, enumerated in case numbers and fatality figures.

Although the focus over recent months has remained on commanders in crisis mode and the central agencies delivering prognosis and quarantine measures, local authorities have also played a prominent persona during the course of its pandemic. Chinese mayors, US governors and Indian chief ministers have coordinated neighbourhood responses, taking responsibility for populations and even locking cornets with national politicians.

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