Can leaders’ missteps guide Africa’s Covid path?
Power has offered politicians precious little protection from the pandemic but lessons learned could be of lasting benefit, Jean-Benoit Falisse writes for Edinburgh Impact.
We might assume leaders would be better protected than other citizens in times of crisis but, not for the first time, Covid-19 is confounding expectations, writes Jean-Benoit Falisse, lecturer at the School of Social and Political Science.
Covid-related mortality rates for government ministers and heads of state around the world have, our findings show, been substantially higher than that of the general population.
Nowhere is this more true than in Africa, where we found the mortality rate of political leaders to have been substantially higher than that of the general population.
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