All GV COVID-19 stories can be found under the COVID-19 category.
There is little doubt that late 2019 will be remembered in world history as the date when COVID-19, the disease caused by a previously unknown virus, brought an unprecedented challenge to human societies and reshaped global relations. Since then, COVID-19 continues to dominate world news and capture the attention of citizens and governments alike. This is a testimony to the March 11 decision by the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare COVID-19 a pandemic. A pandemic can be defined as an epidemic that spreads across the world much faster than expected and affects people who do not have immunity to fight it.
As an international network of reporters present across the world and speaking over 100 languages, Global Voices rose to the occasion in January 2020 and started to report on the issue in China, rapidly expanding coverage to address the various consequences of COVID-19. Given the scale and scope of the pandemic, we are now organizing our coverage based on regions (with the most recent story at the top of each section) for easier navigation.
Our goal is to present the various ways in which COVID-19 affects human and digital rights, freedom of expression, causes more mis- and disinformation, and challenges existing systems of media ecology, public health, governance, politics, global economy – from a local perspective, while keeping in mind our global readership. In this effort, we remain particularly vigilant to protect the safety and well-being of individuals and communities unfairly targeted because of a real or perceived association with COVID-19, as well as our reporters.
Promoting coronavirus education through indigenous languages (May 11, 2020)
Central Asia and the Caucasus
Azerbaijanis required to send SMS notification before leaving homes (April 10, 2020)
Kyrgyzstan's civil society mobilises to fight COVID-19 (April 9, 2020)
COVID-19 makes first victims in Afghanistan (April 1, 2020)
Central and Eastern Europe
Russians in lockdown celebrate a subdued Victory Day online (May 11, 2020)
Russians under lockdown (re)create famous artworks online (April 27, 2020)
Six false statements by Serbian government officials on COVID-19 (April 22, 2020)
Russians launch mass virtual protests using satnav application (April 20, 2020)
COVID-19 pandemic adversely affects digital rights in the Balkans (March 30, 2020)
Kosovo government first to fall in worldwide coronavirus crisis (March 26, 2020)
St Petersburg firm creates online bar for self-isolating Russians (March 19, 2020)
Coronavirus-related xenophobia spreads to Central and Eastern Europe (February 15, 2020)
East Asia and Oceania
Fighting the COVID-19 ‘Infodemic’ in the Asia-Pacific. (April 17, 2020)
China makes face masks as COVID-19 surges global demand (10 April, 2020)
COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: ‘Our action has brought us hope’ (9 April, 2020)
COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: Restrictions tighten (April 4, 2020)
Combating ‘fake news’ in the time of COVID-19 in Myanmar (March 23, 2020)
Battered by criticism, Abe government scrambles to save Japan from COVID-19 (February 28, 2020)
Chinese censorship demonstrates it can afford the cost of the death of media (February 21, 2020)
Japan edges ever closer to a COVID-19 epidemic (February 18, 2020)
Is the coronavirus epidemic China's ‘Chernobyl moment'? (February 14, 2020)
View our extensive coverage of the early stages of COVID-19 in China and East Asia here.
Latin America and the Caribbean
Caribbean cooking in the time of Covid-19 (April 7, 2020)
Trinidad & Tobago clamps down as two cases of COVID-19 are confirmed (March 14, 2020)
A rash of ‘travel bans’ as the Caribbean gets serious about coronavirus (February 12, 2020)
COVID-19 creates more uncertainty for migrant workers in India (April 23, 2020)
Nepali cartoonists illustrate the country’s COVID-19 crisis (April 23, 2020)
Bangladeshis turn to video sites during COVID-19 lockdown (April 5, 2020)
Is India fighting COVID-19 the “mass surveillance” way? (April 4, 2020)
Maldives: Can a country so dependent on tourism afford a lockdown? (March 26, 2020)
India stays home for 14 hours in the fight against COVID-19 (March 22, 2020)
Quarantine woes in Bangladesh amid coronavirus fears (March 21, 2020)
Pakistan claims COVID-19 under control amidst rising figures (March 18, 2020)
Nepal postpones international events as fear of COVID-19 intensifies (March 10, 2020)
Pakistani students under lockdown in Wuhan are appealing for assistance (February 1, 2020)
Liberia's President George Weah sings his fight against COVID-19 (April 21, 2020)
COVID-19 revives grim history of medical experimentation in Africa (April 11, 2020)
Market mayhem in Uganda as COVID-19 measures upend women's lives (March 28, 2020)
Across Africa, COVID-19 heightens tension between faith and science (March 25, 2020)
As Ebola outbreak ends, coronavirus begins in DR Congo (March 22, 2020)
Tanzania tackles COVID-19 with strict measures to slow the spread (March 19, 2020)
An Italian national is the index case of COVID-19 disease in Nigeria (February 28, 2020)
Here are useful sources of information, some regularly updated, to follow the impact of COVID-19:
For proper use of terms associated with COVID-19, here is a comprehensive online dictionary.
Also in 2020 Special Coverage
- #IdentityMatrix: African languages and digital rights
- Are reforms in Uzbekistan bringing real change to the people?
- Belarus in turmoil
- Black Lives Matter and anti-black racism: Global reactions
- COVID-19: Global coverage for a pandemic
- Documenting state-directed persecution of minorities in China's Xinjiang region
- How do women fight gender violence in Latin America?
- How is COVID-19 reshaping the political and global future of China?
- Inside Kashmir's crisis
- Internet disruption: a growing and global phenomenon
- Moldova: Waiting for another kingmaker?
- Pride Month 2020: Honoring the resilience of the global LGBTQ+ community
- Taiwan 2020 Presidential Elections
- The identity matrix: Platform regulation of online threats to expression in Africa
- Who is paying the cost of India’s declining democracy?
- Why are young people protesting in Thailand?