Thanks to fast action from the government, much of everyday life continues in Singapore. Schools, universities, shops and restaurants remain open and most public institutions are still functioning.
Overnight, the Caucasus country has been transformed from one of Europe’s most open states to among its most reclusive.
Certain aspects of the way our government works will change fundamentally, and not all for the better.
China’s outbreak has been brought under control thanks to an Orwellian system of high-tech monitoring, from personal QR codes to a flourishing of new apps that facilitate lives lived in locked apartments.
Virtually overnight, Italians have shifted from dismissive cynicism of their national government to a blind and trusting devotion – even as the nation shut down and residents were shut in.
The wealthy and powerful without symptoms are able to get tested; others, even medical professionals, are told there are not enough tests for them.
Many believe Russia’s number of confirmed infections (at the time of writing, 306, with no deaths) is inaccurate – the chronically underfunded state healthcare system is ill-equipped to administer the number of tests needed.
This article appears in the 25 Mar 2020 issue of the New Statesman, The crisis chancellor