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President Donald Trump may have removed his mask, but the uncertainty posed by his positive COVID-19 test continues. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Allies and foes watch as Trump fights the coronavirus

What might be the global geopolitical significance of Trump's positive COVID-19 test?
In the United Kingdom, where the population is now confined, a man wearing a mask walks in the street on March 26, 2020. Oli Scarff/AFP

The current ‘mini-collapse’ requires a democratic response

The pandemic, in that it represents a major and therefore exceptional risk, calls for a response built collectively, and not by a small group of experts or decision-makers.
A sense of normalcy is returning to South Korea but the U.S. lacks the testing capacity and contact tracing system the country relies on. AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

How South Korea flattened the coronavirus curve with technology

In addition to testing and special facilities for COVID-19 patients, the country's government-run tracking system allows the health care system to identify infected people and their contacts.
South Africans practise social distancing while they queue outside a supermarket in Hillbrow, Johannesburg during the country’s lockdown. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa needs a post-lockdown strategy that emulates South Korea

South Africa cannot afford to embark on a strategy of extended periodic lockdowns. It needs to shift to mass testing and contact tracing.

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