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Corruption plagues battle against pandemic

Graft has emerged in diverse and innovative forms at the expense of human lives

Corruption plagues battle against pandemic

An empty garment factory is seen during a government-imposed lockdown as a preventive measure against Covid-19 in Savar on the outskirts of Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on April 7. (Photo: Munir Uz Zaman/AFP)

With more than 14.7 million infections and 610,000 deaths in over seven months, Covid-19 could well be a catalyst for social, political and economic changes for good in the world.

Sadly, it has done little to nothing to trigger any positive outcome by eliminating social evils like corruption, both individual and institutional, in the national and global orders heavily dominated by extreme globalization and crony-capitalism.

Corruption costs a staggering US$3.6 trillion each year, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said in 2018. Corruption in global health sectors is estimated at $455 billion annually, the highest, according to Berlin-based Transparency International.

During the Covid-19 outbreak, corruption has emerged in diverse and innovative forms at the expense of human lives.

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