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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

Three Melbourne teenagers inspire public with their COVID-19 data tracking website

"[We] had our first dose of vaccine. Thought this would be a good time to share who we really are. Thrilled that we will finally be included in our data!"

Life during the pandemic: An interview with former refugee, exiled cartoonist Eaten Fish

"I would like to tell other fellow artists that they should never stop trying, they should never stop searching and they should never be afraid of sharing their opinion."

COVID-19 pushes Armenian families into poverty

Before Covid-19 struck Armenia, Avetisyan says a steady stream of construction and day labor work kept his family fed and housed. 

A sweeping spate of murders rivals COVID-19's ‘third wave’ in Jamaica

A sudden surge in murders—24 in one week, and 18 over a 48-hour period—has Jamaicans feeling that crime has surpassed COVID-19 as the country's top problem.

From vaxxing to doxxing: The social media power of Nicki Minaj

After reporter Sharlene Rampersad pressed Minaj's relatives for an interview by implying their privacy would be more quickly respected by her local news outlet than by CNN, Minaj doxxed her.

What did Japanese people really think about the Olympics?

To gauge public sentiment following the end of the Olympics, Global Voices used the Twitter API to track the online conversation.

Asking for a cousin's friend: The viral load of Nicki Minaj's vaccine misinformation tweet

The controversial tweet followed others that dealt with COVID-19 vaccination, including Minaj's announcement she would forego the Met Gala because attendance was vaccine contingent and she hadn't done “enough research.”

In Turkey, first large anti-vaccine rally gets green light from the local government

The rally that took place at one of Istanbul neighborhoods, was approved by Istanbul Governor Office and was attended by well known vaccine opponents.

Anti-vaccination protesters storm Slovenian public broadcaster, threatening journalists

Slovenian police had to forcefully remove about 20 anti-vaccination protesters who were not wearing masks and were insulting journalists.

A month after vaccine mandate protests, opposition figures arrested in St Vincent & the Grenadines

After the prime minister was injured during an August protest, a woman was arrested for the assault. Four opposition members/supporters have since been charged in relation to the protests.

Azerbaijan extends special quarantine regime

As of September 1, all citizens over the age of 18 will have to provide proof of vaccination when entering indoor spaces, including restaurants, cafes, and shopping malls.

Ken Behrens-Canberrans caption error creates Australia's accidental COVID-19 hero

"In response to Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s kind words, I’d like to say 'You’re welcome' ;p. Though please don’t tell him that I’m not actually at home right now!"

After weeks of hesitancy and soaring COVID numbers, Jamaicans crowd vaccination centres

With the presence of the Delta variant confirmed, soaring rates of new COVID-19 infections, and the availability of the Pfizer vaccine, Jamaicans finally seem ready to get over vaccine hesitancy.

Masks save lives, but they’re also becoming a gargantuan waste problem

The pandemic has led to an exponential rise in the amount of plastic waste and in Nepal, much of it is not properly segregated or disposed of.

Bhutan's COVID-19 vaccination success a “beacon of hope” for South Asia

Bhutan has even been able to help other countries, sending 230,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Nepal.

China’s wavering COVID-19 vaccine diplomacy in Turkey

Turkey procured vaccines from China in December 2020, but delivery delays and negative perceptions of China-made vaccines are now making other sources more attractive. 

Olympics: COVID-19 widens gap between Latin America and wealthier nations

The Olympics has long been a stage for national rivalry. The Tokyo Games demonstrated the effects of the pandemic and the economic crisis on Latin America.

Thousands of #StrandedAussies angry as border restrictions expand

The hashtag #StrandedAussies trended as citizens criticized Australia's expanded border restrictions.

Prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines injured in protests over move to make vaccines ‘mandatory’

Protesters said the proposed amendments would infringe on people's rights, and accused the government of failing to engage in dialogue around the issue.

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.

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