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Back poor countries fighting Covid-19 with trillions or face disaster, G20 told

Experts warn leaders of huge social and economic consequences of failing to support developing states against ‘unprecedented threat’ Economists and global health experts have called on G20 leaders to provide trillions of dollars to poorer countries to shore up ailing healthcare systems and economies, or face a disaster that will rebound on wealthier states through migration and health crises.Twenty experts, among them four Nobel prizewinners, including Joseph Stiglitz, Lord Nicholas Stern and se...
Tags: Science, G20, World news, Infectious Diseases, Global development, World Bank, Global Health, Nicholas Stern, Joseph Stiglitz, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


'We fear, but have to work': isolation not an option for the poor of Nairobi

As coronavirus arrives in Kenya, retreat behind closed doors is only an alternative for those who can afford itAll photographs by Duncan MooreBenson Kinyale is a security guard who works the door at a luxury apartment complex in the Parklands neighbourhood of Nairobi. While residents of the building have started to hoard supplies and stay at home because of Covid-19, he continues to make the 80km commute by bus from his home outside the city, six days a week.He knows standing outside and opening...
Tags: Science, Africa, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Kenya, Nairobi, Coronavirus outbreak, Duncan MooreBenson Kinyale, Parklands


Tokyo and Hong Kong brace amid fears of fresh wave of coronavirus cases

Tokyo governor warns of measures to prevent ‘explosion’ of cases as Hong Kong health expert calls for curfew to handle cases arriving from overseasCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTokyo faces further isolation measures to prevent an “explosion’ of coronavirus cases and there are calls in Hong Kong for a curfew to stop the health system collapsing amid fears of a second wave of infections in eastern Asia.The governor of Tokyo has asked the city’s residents to stay at ho...
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Japan, Science, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Tokyo, Coronavirus outbreak


Indonesia’s hidden coronavirus cases threaten to overwhelm hospitals

The country already has the most deaths in south-east Asia, but research suggests the official 800 infections so far may only be 2% of the totalCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt was just last month that Indonesia’s coronavirus cases stood at zero, with officials fiercely rejecting suggestions that infections were spreading undetected.Weeks later, 58 fatalities have now been linked to the virus, the highest number in south-east Asia. Seven health workers are among tho...
Tags: Asia, Science, Indonesia, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Coronavirus outbreak, Asia Seven


Tokyo governor tells residents to stay home to avoid coronavirus 'explosion'

Amid a worsening outbreak in Japan’s capital, Yuriko Koike urges people not to go out at the weekendCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe governor of Tokyo has asked the city’s residents to stay at home this weekend to avoid an “explosion” of Covid-19 infections following a rise in the number of local cases.Yuriko Koike described the situation as “severe”, but stopped short of calling for the kind of restrictions on movement now in place in other countries. Continue rea...
Tags: Japan, Science, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, Coronavirus outbreak


World's most vulnerable in 'third wave' for Covid-19 support, experts warn

Fears that lack of coronavirus testing and supplies could mean refugees and those caught in crises are left behindCoronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverageThe world’s most vulnerable people could be last in line for support to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, experts have warned. Countries already dealing with humanitarian and refugee crises face a struggle to find the resources to deal with the pandemic by the time it reaches them, specialists said in a webinar hosted by ...
Tags: Science, World news, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Refugees, Global development, Global Health, Coronavirus outbreak


World's most vulnerable in 'third wave' for Covid-19 support, warn experts

Fears that lack of coronavirus testing and supplies could mean refugees and those caught in crises are left behindCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe world’s most vulnerable people could be last in line for support to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, experts have warned. Countries already dealing with humanitarian and refugee crises face a struggle to find the resources to deal with the pandemic by the time it reaches them, specialists said in a webinar hosted by t...
Tags: Science, World news, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Refugees, Global development, Global Health, Coronavirus outbreak


'Community infections could happen any time': Kenya prepares for Covid-19

Africa is one of the last places to be hit by coronavirus, and experts are worried it doesn’t have the resources to copeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCallers to BK radio, a station broadcasting to the remote region around Mount Elgon in western Kenya, were worried on Wednesday evening.“Will the government help us if we stay indoors and we need food?” one asked. “What if we have small houses, where we can’t stay too far apart?” asked another. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Africa, World news, Infectious Diseases, Epidemics, Global development, Kenya, Global Health, Mount Elgon, Coronavirus outbreak


Inside the cruise ship that became a coronavirus breeding ground

As contagion swept through the Diamond Princess, its crew had to carry on working. Here, they recall the climate of chaos and fear that prevailed during the ship’s two-week quarantineChristian Santos* remembers staying awake at night, anxiously listening to the sound of his colleague coughing. They were sleeping below deck, in one of the small rooms shared by workers on board the stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship.He had spent the previous two weeks serving guests who were confined to their r...
Tags: Science, Employment, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Philippines, Microbiology, Global development, Santos, Global Health, Diamond Princess, Coronavirus outbreak


Nigeria confirms first coronavirus case in sub-Saharan Africa

Stock market losses around the world deepen as officials confirm 20 new cases in FranceCoronavirus - latest newsThe first confirmed case of coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa has been reported by Nigeria, as stock market losses around the world deepened amid investor alarm over a potential global pandemic.The case was an Italian citizen who worked in Nigeria and had returned from Italy to Lagos on 25 February, said Nigeria’s health minister, Osagie Ehanire. “The patient is clinically stable, with...
Tags: Science, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Global development, Lagos, Saharan Africa, Osagie Ehanire, Coronavirus outbreak, Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba Lagos, Ehanire


World Bank's $500m pandemic scheme accused of 'waiting for people to die'

Bonds designed to provide fast funding for poor countries branded ‘obscene’ because of complex payout criteriaA flagship $500m World Bank scheme to help the poorest countries deal with a health emergency is “too little too late” for the coronavirus outbreak, say health experts.The first pandemic emergency financing (PEF) bonds were launched in 2017 by Jim Yong Kim, the bank’s president at the time, after the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. Designed to potentially “save millions of lives and entir...
Tags: Business, Science, World news, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Global development, World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, Global Health, Coronavirus outbreak


World Bank's $500m coronavirus push 'too late' for poor countries, experts say

Bank accused of ‘waiting for people to die’ as bonds designed to provide fast funding for pandemics are censured as ‘obscene’A flagship $500m World Bank scheme to help the poorest countries deal with a health emergency is “too little too late” for the coronavirus outbreak, say health experts.The first pandemic emergency financing (PEF) bonds were launched in 2017 by Jim Yong Kim, the bank’s president at the time, after the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. Designed to potentially “save millions of ...
Tags: Business, Science, World news, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Global development, World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, Global Health, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus found in sub-Saharan Africa as WHO says spread could 'get out of control'

First cases also detected in New Zealand and Lithuania as stock market losses around the world deepenCoronavirus - latest newsCoronavirus has spread to sub-Saharan Africa for the first time as stock market losses around the world deepened amid investor alarm over a potential global pandemic.Nigeria’s health minister, Osagie Ehanire, said the first case in the region was an Italian citizen who worked in Nigeria and had returned from Italy to Lagos on 25 February. “The patient is clinically stable...
Tags: Science, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Global development, New Zealand, Who, Lithuania, Lagos, Saharan Africa, Osagie Ehanire, Coronavirus outbreak, Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba Lagos


'We're treated like criminals': South Korean sect feels coronavirus backlash

As testing begins on thousands linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, members fear being blamed amid recriminations over the outbreakHad it been any other week, Ji-yeon Park, a 26-year-old nail artist, would have been at her twice-a-week bible study with her fellow Shincheonji worshippers. Instead, she says, her life has come to a halt as she worries about her church and if she, too, has been infected.Jiyeon is one of 230,000 members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a doomsday sect at the...
Tags: South Korea, Science, China, Asia Pacific, Global development, Coronavirus outbreak, Shincheonji Church of Jesus, Ji yeon Park, Jiyeon


Coronavirus in a war zone: Afghanistan braces for outbreak after first case

Lone Kabul laboratory preparing to treat patients in the midst of political turmoil and tentative peace talks, as border with Iran closedCoronavirus - latest updatesPreparations for an outbreak of coronavirus were underway in Afghanistan as the country confirmed its first case in the western province of Herat, which borders Iran.Seven more suspected cases have been identified in Herat, and three cases in the nearby provinces of Farah and Ghor. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, World news, Iran, Afghanistan, Medical Research, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Global development, Kabul, Farah, Herat, Global Health, Conflict and arms


Coronavirus: South Korea to test 200,000 sect members as pandemic fears hit markets

Nation brings in ‘maximum measures’ to contain outbreak at secretive church Covid-19 coverage: live updates South Korea has stepped up its “maximum measures” to contain the coronavirus with plans to test around 200,000 members of a secretive church believed to be at the centre of the country’s outbreak.Along with an emergency budget and a crackdown on the hoarding of face masks, the government in Seoul will test members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus after its founder agreed to provide autho...
Tags: South Korea, Science, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Seoul, Coronavirus outbreak, Shincheonji Church of Jesus


Wuhan reverses relaxing of coronavirus lockdown as South Korea cases jump

Communist party expected to reveal whether it will delay annual parliamentary sessionCoronavirus - live updatesAn announcement that the Chinese city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak would relax some of its travel restrictions and allow some people to leave was made without authorisation and has been revoked, the local government said on Monday.Authorities in Wuhan had said healthy residents could begin to leave the city, which has been under strict quarantine measures since 23 January. ...
Tags: South Korea, Science, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Wuhan, Coronavirus outbreak


Wuhan eases coronavirus lockdown as Xi warns of historic 'crisis'

Communist party expected to reveal whether it will delay annual parliamentary session and South Korea reports new spike in cases Wuhan, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak in China, has loosened lockdown measures and several provinces have lowered their emergency alert levels, as top officials sought to assure the public that the virus is being contained.On Monday, China’s National Health Commission reported its highest number of deaths in 11 days, with another 150 dead and 409 new cases, bri...
Tags: South Korea, Science, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Wuhan, Hubei, Coronavirus outbreak, On Monday China 's National Health Commission


Coronavirus: two Diamond Princess passengers die as Japan defends quarantine

US says efforts to contain spread ‘may not have been sufficient’ as Japanese health minister argues ‘we’ve been doing our best’Two passengers who were onboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise liner have died after being diagnosed with Covid-19, Japan’s health ministry said on Thursday.The victims – the first people connected to the ship to have died – were an 87-year-old man and an 84-year-old woman, both of whom had pre-existing medical conditions, the public broadcaster NHK said, adding...
Tags: Japan, Science, US, World news, Asia Pacific, Global development, NHK, Coronavirus outbreak


'Bali's been through a lot': holiday island's tourism industry hit by coronavirus fears

Hotel bookings plummet by 40,000 in recent weeks as ban on incoming flights from China bites local businessesThe idyllic holiday island of Bali has been hit by the ripple effect of the coronavirus crisis, with tourism plummeting and suggestions it “does not have the capacity” to treat patients if they become sick.Indonesia, the largest country in south-east Asia, claims to have no cases of coronavirus, but according to the Bali’s tourism board, there have been around 40,000 cancellations of hote...
Tags: Asia, Science, Bali, Indonesia, China, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Antara, Coronavirus outbreak


Britain to evacuate citizens from coronavirus-hit cruise ship Diamond Princess

Foreign office seeking to organise flight for UK nationals stuck on ship where more than 450 people have virusInfected people in Wuhan to be ‘rounded up’ - live updatesThe British government has said it is “working to organise a flight” to evacuate citizens stranded on a stricken cruise ship where more than 450 people have tested positive for the new coronavirus.The Diamond Princess cruise ship was quarantined off Japan after a passenger who disembarked in Hong Kong was confirmed to have the dis...
Tags: Hong Kong, Japan, UK, Science, UK News, World news, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Wuhan, Coronavirus outbreak


Senior Wuhan doctor dies from coronavirus as authorities start to 'round up' patients

Officials go door to door in city of 11 million, with threat of punishment for delays in reporting symptomsCoronavirus outbreak – live updatesOne of Wuhan’s most senior doctors has died after contracting coronavirus, as authorities began a sweeping campaign inside the city to seek out patients infected with the deadly virus.“Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuhan Wuchang hospital, died at 10.30am this morning after resuscitation efforts failed,” reported the China Central Television’s microblog. Con...
Tags: Science, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Wuhan, China Central Television, Coronavirus outbreak, Liu Zhiming, Wuhan Wuchang


Coronavirus: China reports fall in infections but experts remain cautious

Death toll climbs to 1,115 but lowest number of new cases in Hubei since January prompts hope that containment strategy is workingChina’s Hubei province has reported its lowest number of new coronavirus cases since January, giving officials hope that measures to contain the outbreak may be working.Health authorities in Hubei, the province at the epicentre of the outbreak, reported 1,638 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, down from a peak of more than 3,000 new cases on 4 February and the lowest n...
Tags: Business, Science, China, Asia Pacific, Global development, Chinese Economy, Hubei, Hubei Province, Coronavirus outbreak


Concerns coronavirus is going undetected in Indonesia

World’s fourth most populous country says it has no confirmed cases despite close links to ChinaThere is growing concern that the new coronavirus may be going undetected in Indonesia, where officials have not confirmed a single case of infection in the country of 272 million people which has close links to China.As of Thursday, Indonesia said it had no confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and that 238 people evacuated from Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, had not shown symptoms or been teste...
Tags: Science, Indonesia, China, World news, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Wuhan, Coronavirus outbreak


'Hidden' coronavirus cases could thwart containment efforts, experts warn

Failure to report mild symptoms combined with highly contagious nature of disease raises fears existing figures are ‘tip of the iceberg’Global health experts have warned that “hidden” infections make containment of the coronavirus unlikely and raised fears that the rapidly rising caseload of 25,000 people could be the “tip of the iceberg”.“Hidden” cases – where people with mild symptoms do not seek medical help and so remain untested and unrecorded – combined with the highly contagious nature of...
Tags: Science, China, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Tom Frieden, Global Health, Coronavirus outbreak


The coronavirus lays bare the limits of WHO's health diplomacy with China

The global body is accused of failing to act fast to halt epidemic but the true cost of doing politics with Beijing is still unknownOn social media this week the insults were flying thick and fast, some tinged with racism, but all with a common theme: how the World Health Organization, and its head, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, was effectively doing the bidding of the Chinese government in the midst of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.It is a charge that has also been expressed in less offensive...
Tags: Science, Biology, China, World news, Medical Research, Beijing, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Global development, World Health Organization, Wuhan, Global Health, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Coronavirus outbreak, Beijing Tedros


Coronavirus outbreak: Britons fly out of Wuhan as death toll passes 200

Flight carrying 83 British people and 27 foreign nationals will land in the UK on Friday as US tells citizens ‘don’t go to China’A plane carrying more than 100 British and other EU nationals trapped in Wuhan, the city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, has left for the UK after Chinese spouses and partners were given permission to travel.The chartered flight left Wuhan at 9:45am local time on Friday, the Foreign Office said in a statement. The plane was carrying 83 British people and 27 ...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, China, US, Eu, UK News, US news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Wuhan, Foreign Office, RAF Brize Norton, Coronavirus outbreak


The disease always gets a head start: how to handle an epidemic

Outbreaks such as coronavirus, Sars and Ebola have taught us communication is key, and that the world is only as strong as its weakest health systemA patient presents at an emergency department somewhere in the world. They are feverish and vomiting. Doctors suspect it is influenza, but they are wrong.When the outbreak of a virulent new disease such as the coronavirus is identified, the starting gun is fired on a vast, multimillion-dollar international effort to try to contain it. Continue readin...
Tags: Ebola, Science, World news, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Zika Virus, Sars, Coronavirus outbreak


Calls for global ban on wild animal markets amid coronavirus outbreak

Experts say wildlife sold for human consumption raises risk of new epidemicsWild animal markets must be banned worldwide, say experts in and outside China, warning that the sale of sometimes endangered species for human consumption is the cause both of the new coronavirus outbreak and other past epidemics.The Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, which has been closed down as the source of the infection, had a wild animal section, where live and slaughtered species were on sale. An inventory list at t...
Tags: Health, Science, China, Animals, Environment, Society, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife, Global development, Food Security, Wuhan, Coronavirus outbreak, Da Zhong


What is the Wuhan coronavirus and how worried should we be?

Experts fear latest strain of virus from Wuhan may spread across worldIt is a novel coronavirus – that is to say, a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals – possibly seafood. Many of those infected either worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in the centre of the Chinese city. New and troubling viruses usually originate in animal hosts. Ebola and flu are examples. Continue reading.....
Tags: Science, Biology, China, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Global development, Wuhan, Sars, Global Health, Coronavirus outbreak



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