Civil society group EiENigeria, recently issued a statement calling on "Nigeria's representatives and elites to come forward openly and honestly if they or their staff, extended family members ... have had COVID19 exposure ... to make sufficient information available for all necessary urgent contact tracing." … [Read more...] about ‘We don’t work, we don’t eat’: Informal workers face stark choices as Africa’s largest megacity shuts down
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Ghostbusters fans have set a new Guinness World Records title for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Ghosts at a Single Venue. The event was organized by Sony Pictures Entertainment in anticipation of the release of Ghostbusters, the hotly anticipated reboot of the classic film. Around the globe, the film will roll out from mid-July through to August. … [Read more...] about Ghostbusters Fans Create A New Guinness World Record!
Airlines, travel firms and banks are among the biggest losers on the London stock market over the past quarter, as consumer demand evaporates in response to efforts to contain the Covid-19 outbreak. Shares in cruise operator Carnival, which has had some of its ships put into quarantine, have plunged by more than 75% in three months, while International Consolidated Airlines, the owner of British Airways, has fallen by around 67%. … [Read more...] about FTSE 100 posts largest quarterly fall since Black Monday aftermath
Though Tedros has received high marks for his leadership during the coronavirus outbreak, he’s drawn criticism for how he’s handled its central political challenge: dealing with China. Unlike the Ebola outbreak, which originated in West Africa, the original epicenter of COVID-19 was in a global superpower notorious for lacking transparency and abusing human rights. Almost immediately, Tedros traveled to Beijing, and he has since heaped effusive praise on China’s response to the outbreak despite its initial reticence to turn over data, as well as the fact that some of the extreme measures the nation later took to contain the virus resulted in human rights abuses. WHO’s deference to China has also prevented it from recognizing Taiwan as a member state, even though it has been one of the few nations to effectively combat the coronavirus. … [Read more...] about Why the World Health Organization’s Response to COVID-19 Is Crucial to the Future of Public Health
"Containment of the pandemic would allow recovery, but the risk of durable financial stress is high even beyond 2020," the World Bank warned. "Most vulnerable are countries that rely heavily on trade, tourism, and commodities; that are heavily indebted; and that rely on volatile financial flows." … [Read more...] about Coronavirus outbreak exacting huge toll on China’s economy: World Bank