COVID-19 and the world under historic transformation

The world is at a truly critical turning point in world history; the making of another phenomenally challenging era of history in the world. The COVID-19 crisis will go down in world history as a period in which the entire world economic system was ground to a sudden halt, with devastating but truly lasting transformational economic, social and political consequences.

We are witnessing the making of an era of world history like no other before. We are witnessing a period in which many businesses have been and continue to be destroyed; and will be destroyed post-COVID-19 crisis because the impact of the current destruction is unimaginably and unpredictably enormous. A crisis in which many businesses are on the verge of collapse; others have either already been acquired or on the verge of being acquired by those that will weather [through] the crisis.

We are witnessing a crisis in which many lives are being destroyed and lost; decades of achievements completely wiped out by a virus pandemic. We are witnessing a crisis period in which many opportunities have been destroyed but, at the same time, hopefully, many opportunities are being created by and through the destruction of the [previously] existing opportunities. This reinforces the notion that a crisis is an opportunity! A crisis period that could easily be, rightly, described as a “remaking of social life” by rearranging the way society functions; the way society lives by rearranging socio-political and economic structures motivated primarily by survival and self-preservation from the virus pandemic.

We’re living through and witnessing a crisis [period] in which, everywhere in the world, many civil liberties are being curtailed, abused and others entirely abandoned by authorities in the interest of protecting the public – society. But also an apparent redefinition of civil liberties, particularly through actions by the authorities. The lockdown measures instituted across the world, have come with a serious curtailment of civil liberties. And in some cases, a redefinition of certain civil liberties necessary to accommodate the lockdown measures. All done, of course, in the interest of protecting the public – society – from the virus pandemic.

There’s also a surge in the consolidation of power by those in power. They are using the crisis to empower themselves more by weakening the public with stringent and restrictive rules and measures such as, amongst others, restriction of movement of people to [for] essential services and upon clearance by relevant authorities.

When lockdown measures are finally lifted and coronavirus and its possible spread under manageable control, ideally post-coronavirus, it will be imperative in most poor parts of Africa to conduct an immediate national or regional census to assess the damage on the population by death, not so much from and as victims of coronavirus but largely from hunger (starvation of people to death) at home (inside their houses) as a result of lockdown measures, particularly the “stay-at-home” orders.