Women Leaders and How They are Handling the Pandemic
Influential male leaders all over the globe such as U.S. President Donald Trump and our country’s President Rodrigo Duterte are just some of the leaders out there who often get their names written on the headlines, especially ever since the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has brought about a pandemic.
We know about their responses so far with regards to the threats and tragedies caused by the spreading disease, because most of the moves they make trend worldwide. But what about the world’s female leaders who are also protecting their own countries and their people from the pandemic? Well, let’s get to that. Here are some notable women leaders and how they are handling the pandemic.
World’s Women Leaders and How They are Handling the Pandemic
New Zealand, Taiwan, and Germany are just some of the countries all over the globe which have a strong woman as their leader. These three countries, like many other countries worldwide, were also affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and their leaders are doing the best they can to handle it. And guess what? They’re doing great!
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Short Background About the Current New Zealand Prime Minister
Prime Minister Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern is New Zealand’s 40th Prime Minister and the third female. At age Thirty-Seven (37), she’s also the youngest to become the country’s leader since its Prime Minister in 1856.
New Zealand Against the COVID-19 Pandemic
“We have the opportunity to do something no other country has achieved—elimination of the virus.” – New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, TIME, April 16
The New Zealand Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Ardern, has a 4-level COVID-19 Alert System. Each of their county’s COVID-19 alert levels would indicate measures their countrymen have to take amid the pandemic. Information on personal movement, recreation, education, work, business, travel, gatherings, and even staying safe and well are all organized and stated on New Zealand Government’s “Unite Against COVID-19” website. New Zealand moved to Alert Level 3 on Monday, April 27, 2020.
They also release media conferences with their government officials and ministers on a daily basis. This gives everyone easy access to updated information about the pandemic and the actions their governments are taking to combat it.
Number of COVID-19 Cases in New Zealand
As of Saturday, May 9, 2020, 9:00 AM, based on the data summary published by Ministry of Health of New Zealand, the number of confirmed and probable cases in their country is One Thousand Four Hundred and Ninety Two (1,492), with One Thousand Three Hundred and Sixty Eight (1,368) recorded recovered cases.
With the efforts of their country’s frontliners, officials, and of course, their Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the number of COVID-19 recovered cases in New Zealand, as of 9:00 AM of the 6th of May 2020 is already far greater than the number of their active cases.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen
Short Background About the Current Taiwan President
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen is the first female leader of Taiwan. She was elected as their president in the year 2016.
Taiwan Against the COVID-19 Pandemic
Another country that has lower recorded COVID-19 cases, compared to other countries, is Taiwan. Last month, the current Taiwan President stated how their country has been handling the contagious respiratory disease that has brought about the pandemic.
“We have found ways to persevere through difficult times together as a nation, and the COVID-19 pandemic is no different. Despite the virus’s highly infectious nature and our proximity to its source, we have prevented a major outbreak. As of April 14, we have had fewer than 400 confirmed cases.” – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, TIME, April 16, 2020
As early as April 30, 2020, Taiwan was already considering lifting some of the country’s COVID-19 prevention efforts. This is since it was then their fifth consecutive day without having any new additional COVID-19 cases. By that time, Taiwan only had a total of Four Hundred and Twenty Nine (429) confirmed cases.
Number of COVID-19 Cases in Taiwan
As of Saturday, May 9, 2020, based on the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) official website, Taiwan only has a total of Four Hundred and Forty (440) laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases. Three Hundred and Sixty One (361) of which have already recovered from the disease and have already been released from isolation.
Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel
Short Background About the Current Germany Chancellor
Chancellor Angela Merkel has been Chancellor of Germany since November 22, 2005. Chancellor Merkel is the first woman and the first East German to hold the office.
Germany Against the COVID-19 Pandemic
“We can say today that the very first phase of the pandemic now lies behind us, but we must always remember that we still have a long way to go as regards dealing with the virus,” said the Chancellor after her meeting with the premiers of the federal states on May 6, 2020. According to her, the latest infection figures are “very encouraging”. This is because it has proven that it is possible to keep the COVID-19 cases low even after their country’s first restrictions have been lifted.
Schools are ready to reopen for all schoolchildren before the summer holidays while the people in hospitals and care homes are to be allowed to receive visitors again. They are already easing their measures against the COVID-19 pandemic as decided by their federal and state governments.
In case of a new spike in COVID-19 cases, Germany has prepared an “emergency mechanism” to be able to ensure that it can quickly contain the infections.
New Zealand, Taiwan, and Germany are just some of the countries all over the world which are already doing great on handling the COVID-19 pandemic. These countries have shown us that it is possible to, if not yet to totally eradicate the disease, at least contain it or slow down its spread. May their achievement serve as an inspiration to us, our country, and the rest of the world.
New Zealand District Health Boards (DHBs)