lol no "you" fucking "kind of" don't have to, provided "you" have any integrity, although that might be too much to ask of media, politicians, and people like you. in fact, yours are likely close to the internal arguments a politicians would make to himself.
>don't want to look cruel and heartless
i.e. public image is what matters. some 1000s of deaths (mostly made of old or sick people, so mostly expected deaths that have been accelerated) are too "cruel and heartless", but dumping billions upon billions of $$ of the national GDP, decimating entire sectors of the economy (specially the small, familiar and medium-scale businesses), and harming the economical progression of the newer generations for years to come is compassionate and caring. and as you well know only old and sick people are voters, oh wait
>if other nations do it and manage to get it under control but your's does not
ah, very good, there's that political thinking: groupthink to the rescue. since politicians and proto-politicians such as yourself have no fucking technical clue about what the proper policies should be, and neither do you give a shit as long as it doesn't harm your own purse, you ask yourselves: from a "social" pov what's the safest decision (for yourselves)? the safest decision (for yourselves) is to do the same as your group, to follow the herd like a good sheep. that way, if the herd happens to be moving towards a precipice, then you can excuse yourself by simply pointing out that you were not really out of the norm, you couldn't predict the idiocy of your actions but neither could the majority of the sheep around, so you should get a pass, you will argue. but if don't follow the herd, then the costs (for you) of making a wrong decision are much more serious. in the first place, now that there's no blessed groupthink to guide you, you will have to dust off that old brain of yours and who knows whether that thing still works at all. and if you do fuck up then all fingers will point at you. do you have the balls to stand by your own choices? of course you don't
btw, one of the few countries that escaped the malady of lockdowns (in europe) was sweden, fucking "sweden yes" of all places. deaths/population numbers in sweden are very similar to those of hardcore "curve flatteners" such as uk, spain, france, italy, etc. yet it didn't have to pay several % of its GDP in just two months of mass hysteria