Exactly. There should not be a trade off (lives vs economy) because quick action will save both lives and the economy to great extent.
Another interesting article:
“Politicians must be held to account for mishandling the pandemic
At the very least, COVID-19 might be classified as ‘social murder’ argues BMJ editor”
If it should be labeled as “murder” or not one could argue about but there is no denial than many governments was OK with picking the mitigation strategy and knowing full well that would cause alot of deaths.