Author : Carolina Wen
Hong Kong International School, Hong Kong
The outbreak of COVID-19 has presented both risks and opportunities for international democracy. The necessity of imposing social restrictions in order to control the virus has provided convenient excuses for governments to reduce their people’s freedoms, while the relative success of China’s government in controlling it strengthens arguments in favor of its non-democratic system of government. However, the successes of New Zealand and South Korea, together with the experience of other countries demonstrate that autocracy has no monopoly on effective virus management and suggest that types of government are but one of several factors that determine whether a country will be successful in repressing the virus.