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These stories are part of Global Voices’ special coverage of COVID-19 and offer a view on the pandemic from the perspective of our global community of contributors.

Stories about COVID-19

In North Macedonia, some young people manage to build successful businesses during the Covid-19 crisis

Three young entrepreneurs from Bitola, a city in the south of North Macedonia, provide examples of youth who have dealt with the COVID-19 crisis in a creative and positive manner.

Indonesia faces criticism for lack of financial support amid lockdowns

Many citizens are criticizing the government for their seemingly inadequate response to the pandemic and lack of socio-economic support amid tightened COVID-19 restrictions.

Digital education lags behind as Kyrgyzstan’s schools lack access

As the government attempts to provide education online or on TV, both children and teachers suffer from a lack of access to internet and devices.

Pride month marred by crackdown in Azerbaijan

As Pride month nears its end, one European country stands out for its dismal record when it comes to supporting the LGBTQI+ community.

Confronting ‘vaccine hostility’ in Japan

"Municipalities all over Japan have reported receiving death threats when announcing vaccination programs, particularly for teens and adolescents."

Trinidad & Tobago marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, even as some seniors struggle at vaccine centres

The country's president advocated for the protection of the elderly, saying that their recent treatment at health centres is a "less than subtle form of elder abuse."

How will Armenians with COVID-19 vote on election day?

On March 18, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced that he had come to an agreement with the parliamentary opposition parties to hold an early election on June 20.

Size matters: US donation to Trinidad & Tobago sparks conversation on vaccine equity

The US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago's decision to tweet about its donation of 80 vials of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to Trinidad and Tobago has received severe online backlash.

Alleviating hunger in Bangladesh during Covid-19 restrictions

The Covid-19 restrictions in Bangladesh have impacted the livelihoods of people who earn daily wages and several citizen-driven aid efforts are ensuring that the hungry get fed.

Vaccine hesitancy in smaller Caribbean islands benefits larger neighbours with high COVID-19 rates

Rather than have vaccine doses expire, regional governments have been donating part of their allocations to larger Caribbean Community (CARICOM) neighbours who need them.

No wedding, no live music: Macedonian musicians protest selective reduction of COVID-19 restrictions

Performers have lost their patience, taking to the streets in protest after having been ‘thrown to the streets’ due to their inability to work.

Diversity is key: Speaking with Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, winner of the 2021 World Food Prize

"Immediate actions are needed as the numbers of those who are becoming malnourished and do not have access to nourishing foods are growing rapidly."

Twitter vs India: The battle of BJP and Congress over a ‘fake toolkit’ on COVID-19

Twitter expressed concern about the “use of intimidation tactics by the police” and “the potential threat to freedom of expression” for the Indian users.

As tourists party, citizens under COVID lockdown ask: Are there ‘two Jamaicas'?

When video of an event at a popular entertainment spot emerged, the images of hundreds of maskless revelers partying in close quarters prompted a wave of anger across Jamaica's blogosphere.

Could the breakdown in public trust explain Hong Kong's sluggish vaccine roll-out?

Trust and solidarity are known remedies in dealing with vaccine hesitancy. In Hong Kong, however, the political divide might have reached a point of no return.

A new COVID-19 wave overwhelms pandemic-conscious Taiwan

Taiwan recorded 3,161 COVID-19 cases so far in May 2021. Previously, it had registered fewer than 1,200 total cases since the start of the pandemic.

Jamaican literacy activist puts more books into the hands of children isolated by COVID-19 restrictions

"For children who were reading before and continue to have access to books, the pages have been a safe place from the pandemic. For others, the situation has worsened."

Resistance, rebellion, and rage: Japan's opposition to the Tokyo Olympics

As Japan continues to struggle with a new wave of COVID-19 infections, opposition to the upcoming Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games continues to build.

Tunisians left to themselves to fight COVID-19

Once the pride of Tunisia, the public health system has deteriorated since the 1990s because of corruption and deregulation in favour of the private sector.

France, Turkey, Poland: The reality of the new COVID-19 spike crisis

“The figures serve to discount the Western implication that Indian democracy and civil society have failed in the last analysis to match the achievements of the richer nations.”

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