The Pandemic Compendium: Reactions of States to COVID-19
20 APR 2020 Other publications
The current pandemic is such a new phenomenon in international relations that little can yet be said about its consequences. Its novelty and scale raise the importance of basic research: compiling information about events, and the reactions and decisions of affected states. In the course of such work at the Polish Institute of International Affairs, we have prepared concise notes about almost 30 countries and regions, which we present as a “Pandemic compendium”.
Photo: Dubravka Petric/PIXSELL Photo: Dubravka Petric/PIXSELL

Each note contains information about the spread of the pandemic in a given country (including data on morbidity and mortality), decisions of governments in the political, economic and social spheres, and a preliminary assessment of the effectiveness of actions taken to flatten the curve. Whenever such an assessment could not be formulated, we have presented the public's reaction to the decisions taken by authorities. We have also tried to estimate how restrictive these actions are and the extent to which they violate civil liberties. The added value of these notes lies in the fact that, although we do not provide footnotes to the facts cited (in most cases this would increase the volume of the text two-fold), the data derive from reliable, verified sources.

States and regions covered in the compendium include the Arab states, the Baltic states, Belgium, Brazil and Latin America, Canada, China, Czechia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel and Palestine, Italy, Japan, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sub-Saharan Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The compendium is available in PDF format via the link below.