A few weeks ago, the coronavirus took the world by storm, leading to a public-health emergency the likes of which the world has never seen, a frozen world-economy and the daily lives of billions of people upended.
What we once took as certainties are certain no more, the world we knew gone, perhaps for good. The social and economic fallout from Covid-19 will take years to contend with.
The outbreak has exposed the limits of some and revealed the courage of others. We have seen bravery and cowardice, kindness and avarice. New heroes have risen. Reputations have been made and broken in the spring of 2020.
As the world lives through a second month of lockdown Leaders League turns a critical eye to the key figures of the Covid-19 pandemic. From world leaders to whistleblowers, doctors to donors, all have played their part, for better or for worse. We break down their performance in a number of categories from speed of reaction and economic response to truthfulness and honesty.
The decisions taken by some have already proved farsighted and effective, while for others the response has been ill-considered and potentially disastrous. Behind each of them is a hero…or a zero.