- This daily roundup brings you a selection of the latest news updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected.
- Today’s top stories: Australia announces three-phase plan for reopening; UN chief issues hate-crime warning; children quiz a doctor about COVID-19.
A new strain of Coronavirus, COVID 19, is spreading around the world, causing deaths and major disruption to the global economy.
Responding to this crisis requires global cooperation among governments, international organizations and the business community, which is at the centre of the World Economic Forum’s mission as the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.
The Forum has created the COVID Action Platform, a global platform to convene the business community for collective action, protect people’s livelihoods and facilitate business continuity, and mobilize support for the COVID-19 response. The platform is created with the support of the World Health Organization and is open to all businesses and industry groups, as well as other stakeholders, aiming to integrate and inform joint action.
As an organization, the Forum has a track record of supporting efforts to contain epidemics. In 2017, at our Annual Meeting, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) was launched – bringing together experts from government, business, health, academia and civil society to accelerate the development of vaccines. CEPI is currently supporting the race to develop a vaccine against this strand of the coronavirus.
1. How COVID-19 is impacting the globe
Confirmed coronavirus cases are at 3.85 million worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 269,000 people have died from the virus, while over 1.2 million have recovered.
Confirmed cases in Russia continue to rise. The country has recorded 10,699 new coronavirus infections, marking the sixth day with more than 10,000 positive tests. There are now 187,859 confirmed infections and 1,723 deaths linked to COVID-19.
2. The three-step plan for reopening Australia
The Australian government has outlined a three-stage plan to allow businesses to reopen and large gatherings and interstate travel to take place by the end of July.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it’s time to “get out from under the doona”, which is Australian slang for duvet.
Under the first stage, restaurants, cafes, shops, libraries, community centres, playgrounds, and boot camps reopened and gatherings of 10 people in public places will be allowed.
Households will also be able to host five people at home and local and regional travel will be permitted.
The second stage of the framework will see gatherings of up to 20 people allowed, the reopening of gyms, beauty salons, community sport, cinemas, galleries, and amusement parks, and some interstate travel.
By July, the Prime Minister said he hopes to implement the final stage of the plan, which sees “most workers” back in the workplace, pubs and clubs reopened, gatherings of up to 100 people and all interstate travel.
By this point, international travel to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and some exemptions for international students will also be considered.
3. Virus has unleashed a ‘tsunami of hate’ across world – UN Chief
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said this morning that the COVID-19 outbreak has “unleashed a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scare-mongering”
Guterres added that migrants and refugees in particular had been “vilified as a source of the virus – and then denied access to medical treatment”. Anti-foreigner sentiment has surged online and on the streets, before highlighting antisemitic conspiracy theories and COVID-19-related anti-Muslim attacks.
The Secretary-General appealed for an all-out effort “to end hate speech globally” and stop the spread of fake news.
4. Our World vs Virus podcast: Children quiz a doctor on COVID-19
What would a child ask a doctor about COVID-19? On this week’s World Vs Virus, Dr Ranj Singh, presenter of BBC TV’s ‘Get Well Soon’, takes questions from a panel of youngsters, and shares tips on how best to talk to children about the pandemic.
5. How the threat of COVID-19 is affecting people across Africa
Two-thirds of people in 20 African countries fear going hungry if they had to quarantine for 2 weeks, according to a survey.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Africa remain comparatively low, at 51,000 as of 6 May. But those numbers are growing fast. And a new report by the Partnership for Evidence Based Response to COVID-19 (PERC) reveals some worrying findings about the impact of coronavirus on the lives of many Africans.
Half of respondents to the survey, conducted in 28 African cities, said they would run out of money if they had to stay home for 14 days. The lowest-income households expected to run out of food and money in less than a week. In Nigeria and Kenya, social media users have admitted that hunger has forced them to violate stay-at-home orders in order to search for food.
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