Pandemic could act as catalyst for reworking world order, giving India leading role

The world might soon realise the immense need to include India in the UNSC club, and COVID-19 will likely act as the catalyst for a UNSC permanent seat.

Let’s consider the context. While China kept briefing the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other countries that the situation was under control, and that no human-to-human transmission was traced, the situation in Wuhan — where the virus reportedly originated — was getting out of hand. Officially, China only declared the death of 2,535 due to COVID-19, as on March 30 though local residents, and other indicators, suggested otherwise. Approximately 40,000-50,000 urns had been delivered to the eight mortuaries in Wuhan during that period. Locals were being paid 3,000 yuan ($685) as “funeral allowance” as well.

It took the Chinese government almost seven weeks after the first case of COVID-19 to impose a lockdown in Wuhan. Despite informing the WHO about the unknown virus on December 31, China allowed millions of people to travel to and from Wuhan outside the country around January 17, the time of Chinese lunar new year celebrations. According to a study by the University of Southampton in England, had China acted three weeks earlier, 95 per cent of the worldwide cases, and the consequent spread of the virus, could have been stopped.