The global community prioritizes health over economics

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The global community prioritizes health over economics

Most people around the world want their governments to prioritize saving lives over measures to support the coronavirus-torn economy, a global study found..

The latest survey data from Edelman, which has surveyed tens of thousands of people for two decades about their trust in basic institutions, challenges the notion that people are tired of self-isolation..

67% of 13 200 people interviewed between April 15-23 agreed with the statement: «saving as many lives as possible should be the top priority of the government, even if that means the economy will recover more slowly».

Only one-third supported the view that it is more important for the government to keep jobs and restart the economy.

The study was conducted in Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States..

About 76% of Japanese respondents agreed that public health should be a priority. In China, there were 56% of supporters of this development of events.

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In Canada, the UK and France, 70% or more of respondents said they prioritize health issues. In the United States, where anti-isolation protests have in some cases been encouraged by the president Donald Trump, this figure was 66%.

«The difficulty lies in the fact that we have two crises at the same time – a health crisis and an economic crisis», – said Richard Edelman, CEO of Edelman.

Governments around the world have responded differently to the pandemic since it spread in the Chinese city of Wuhan in early December..

New Zealand and Vietnamese authorities quickly responded to the threat by imposing social distancing measures, while the US, UK, Japan, Russia and other countries faced criticism for their slowness in deciding to start isolating the population..

However, the Edelman poll showed that confidence in the institution of government has grown across the board, with an overall increase of 11 points from its January figure to a record high of 65%..

The global community prioritizes health over economics

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