Abstract: Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the utilisation of maps has been at the forefront. Maps have informed policymakers, governments, and citizens of the distribution and spread of the disease. Although these maps have been used for various purposes, from border closures to curfews, there is an inherent danger in this widespread usage. Aside from the intricacy of these spatial representations, these widely distributed representations encourage isolationism and the reconception of borders in an increasingly globalised world. Furthermore, new connectivities through digital means have created a potential solution to international exchanges amidst physical limitations. Nevertheless, elitism prevents the effective distribution of resources from technical services to vaccines. The divide results in changing socio-economic relations and a growing need for international transparency and cooperation.

Additionally, a facet of this elitism is the role of borders, which contributes to growing divides between countries. Therefore, the fracturing of spatial imaginaries translates to a spatial reality. This encourages a perspective of othering - potentially encouraging xenophobia and straining relations from Western, industrialised countries. This paper elucidates these emerging realities from the COVID-19 pandemic. A triangulation of source material critically engages and examines the dynamics of borders, exclusion, and the potential outcomes for reimagining globalisation in a post- COVID world. Ultimately, the contestation of public health has contributed to a new epoch within international relations, leaving societies to reconsider their connectivities.