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9 May 2020

As tourism declines in Cambodia, tuk-tuk drivers are down and out in Phnom Penh

COVID-19

"Today, I have not provided one service, and tomorrow, I’m not sure whether one will come or not. Probably finding a construction job is better."

7 May 2020

How can the Caribbean prepare for a post-COVID-19 world?

COVID-19

As the Caribbean begins to think about a post-COVID-19 future, Lesley Ann Noel proposes a design thinking approach to building back the region's economies and social services.

4 May 2020

COVID-19, locusts and floods: East Africa's triple dilemma

COVID-19

East Africa's "triple threat" — the coronavirus, locusts, and floods — are not mutually exclusive. In fact, each is inextricably linked.

China and Australia brawl over call for independent investigation of COVID-19 origins

COVID-19

'Australia is “gum stuck to the bottom of China’s shoe”, huh? Ok, well, it’s time for Australia to rethink trade and other agreements with China if they don’t like criticism'

1 May 2020

COVID-19 in Palestine: Living between hope and fear

COVID-19

A deterioration of the political situation in Palestine could adversely impact the COVID-19 crisis and directly impact local civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

24 April 2020

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: Feelings of insecurity

COVID-19

I want to go to the park to take a stroll after the lockdown is lifted...

23 April 2020

COVID-19 creates more uncertainty for migrant workers in India

COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 in India leads to economic and geographical displacement of migrant workers.

10 April 2020

While industry booms, China's ‘mask diplomacy’ stumbles on quality concerns

COVID-19

As the desperate need for face masks and other medical products grows around the world, Chinese factories are transforming their assembly lines to meet the demand.

Philippine police dismantle anti-mining barricade amid COVID-19 lockdown

"My heart bleeds for our brave men and women of Didipio who had to suffer and be arrested for expressing their resistance against mining, a great menace to Mother Earth."

2 April 2020

Nigeria’s elite ‘above the law’ as the poor struggle with COVID-19 measures

COVID-19

The majority of Nigeria's poor live by the day in overcrowded and squalid shanties, without running water and modern toilet facilities. They cannot and will not survive a lockdown. 

28 March 2020

Market mayhem in Uganda as COVID-19 measures upend women’s lives

COVID-19

In Uganda, sudden COVID-19 restrictions have led to increased violence against women in the informal sector, who continue to work as vendors to feed their families.

23 March 2020

Thai workers speak out about their need for unions and better conditions at the workplace

"I hope that one day domestic workers will be able to stand up without feeling shameful. Honestly, when I was a housekeeper, I was not proud of my profession."

21 March 2020

Quarantine woes in Bangladesh amid coronavirus fears

The government has ordered Bangladeshis who are returning from affected COVID-19 countries to home-quarantine. But a lack of monitoring has led to concerns that the disease may spread rapidly.

20 March 2020

COVID-19 pandemic lays bare the political leadership deficit in Nigeria

COVID-19

Nigeria's President Buhari is yet to speak to Nigerians about the COVID-19 pandemic. His spokespersons have even scolded legislators for daring to ask him to address the country.

19 March 2020

‘Protecting forests is crucial to cure pandemics,’ indigenous leaders say

COVID-19

"If the forests are cut down, where are we going to get medicine?"

17 March 2020

Czech Republic enters quarantine amid conflicting government directives

COVID-19

The Czech Republic has entered nationwide quarantine on March 16. But people are allowed to travel to work and shop for food outside.

16 March 2020

Trinidad & Tobago closes its borders as COVID-19 cases double to four

COVID-19

Using Italy as an example of how COVID-19 was able to spread quickly, Prime Minister Rowley warned the consequences will be grave if Trinbagonians do not adhere to the guidelines.

14 March 2020

Trinidad & Tobago clamps down as two cases of COVID-19 are confirmed

COVID-19

Schools have been closed, cruise ship arrivals have been suspended, and major events have been cancelled as the government tries to contain the spread of the virus.

13 March 2020

Guyana general elections hang in the balance as regional vote count ruled ‘invalid’

Guyana's acting chief justice ruled that the Region 4 results were “unlawful” as they did not fall in line with Section 84 of Guyana's Representation of the People Act.

12 March 2020

Life in the time of COVID-19: Jamaicans adjust their lifestyles as country records second case

COVID-19

After two cases of COVID-19 are confirmed in Jamaica, anxiety is high and Jamaicans are limiting their social contact.

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