Burundi’s new President Evariste Ndayishimiye has got good political instincts, after all. He has declared that Covid-19 is the country’s “biggest enemy”. It was a huge change from his predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza, who died suddenly last month weeks before he was due to step down.

Nkurunziza, a man of God, adopted a hear-no-virus-see-no-virus approach, downplaying its dangers and claiming the Lord was protecting Burundians.

Ndayishimiye went along with Nkurunziza’s line, even though, going by his position now, he didn’t believe it. It might have helped him, he lived to be president.

These are easy political points that Nkurunziza, the “Eternal Supreme Guide”, left on the table for Ndayishimiye to pick. The Burundian president has now cast himself as a man of science, not a caveman.

In Tanzania, President John Magufuli, who was Nkurunziza’s soulmate on matters coronavirus, has long moved on, opening up the economy, declaring that the Almighty had banished the virus from the republic. Since April 26, Tanzania hasn’t been released regular Covid-19 data, so we will have to believe that this issue is in God’s hands.

At the start of the pandemic, this column reported on some fellows who were thinking about which economies would gain international confidence on Covid-19. Would it be the ones that had low infection rates — real or decreed by supreme leaders; or the one that even if they had high cases, were transparent and had shown technical competence in dealing with the virus?

This week we had our first answer. The European Union formalised a list of 14 “safe” non-EU countries whose citizens would be permitted into the bloc from July 1.

There were four countries from Africa; Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and Rwanda. The US wasn’t included in the list, but Americans can travel there if they have residency in one of the safe countries.