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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Following the announcement, fans attended a gala red-carpet event and were joined by Ghostbusters star Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig. Set against the spectacular Singapore skyline, the excited fans were treated to a bit of Hollywood magic in anticipation of the upcoming action-adventure tentpole movie. … [Read more...] about Ghostbusters Fans Create A New Guinness World Record!
As well as the steep losses in London, the Italian stock market has plunged by 27% marking its worst quarter on record, and the pan-European Stoxx 600 has fallen by 23% in the worst quarter since 2002. Shares in European travel and leisure companies have collapsed by almost 42% to mark the worst three-month period in history. The price of oil has also plunged by more than 65% to around $22 a barrel, as demand for crude slumps with the global economy heading for recession. … [Read more...] about FTSE 100 posts largest quarterly fall since Black Monday aftermath
WHO’s weaknesses proved disastrous during the 2014 Ebola outbreak, which ultimately claimed more than 10,000 lives across West Africa. As Jha notes, the organization “made a series of critical mistakes” in responding to the outbreak, most notably waiting five months after initial cases were confirmed to declare it a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. WHO was savaged for the delay, which critics say was caused by a mix of bureaucratic paralysis, lack of emergency response preparedness, and a desire not to upset the affected nations, which stood to suffer economically from the designation. “Even though they were poor West African countries, [WHO] was afraid to interfere too much or declare a public health emergency because it thought those governments wouldn’t want it,” says Charles Clift, a senior consulting fellow at the Chatham House’s Global Health Programme who worked for WHO from 2004 to 2006. “It was a weak-kneed … [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