With case numbers worldwide more than doubling in the past six weeks, Uzbekistan on Friday (Jul 10) returned to lockdown and Hong Kong said schools would close from Monday after the city recorded "exponential growth" in locally transmitted infections. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on countries to adopt an aggressive approach, highlighting Italy, Spain, South Korea and India's biggest slum to show it was possible to stop the spread, no matter how bad the outbreak. The health agency's comments came as US President Donald Trump was forced to cancel an election rally in New Hampshire, citing an approaching storm. Trump has pushed to hold large gatherings against health advice as epidemiologists warn of the dangers posed by the virus moving through the air in crowded and confined spaces. Advertisement "TURN THIS PANDEMIC AROUND" On a visit to Florida on Friday, Trump hit out at Beijing over the pandemic. "(The) relationship with China has been severely damaged. They … [Read more...] about WHO urges aggressive COVID-19 measures as flare-ups spark new closures
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On Wednesday, the Steering Committee on the Prevention and Control of Covid-19 spearheaded by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam suggested the government allow all non-essential businesses and services except bars and karaoke parlors to resume operation. … [Read more...] about Normalcy looms: Vietnam begins day 21 without Covid-19 community infection
At Friday’s meeting, PM Phuc tasked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work with competent authorities of foreign countries to increase the number of flights to bring home citizens stranded due to COVID-19, including the Vietnamese workers in Equatorial Guinea. … [Read more...] about PM orders repatriation of Vietnamese workers with COVID-19 from Equatorial Guinea
We can also expect up to 31 million additional cases of gender-based violence for every six months of movement restriction measures. Many women are trapped with abusers at a time of heightened household tensions and reduced prevention and protection efforts, social services and care. In Việt Nam, reports of gender-based violence have jumped by 20 per cent this year in the UNFPA-supported hotline services. … [Read more...] about Pregnancy doesn’t stop during a pandemic. Neither do human rights
In the first year of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, we must not allow the coronavirus to further worsen inequalities, including gender inequality. Assisting people affected by humanitarian crises is not only the right thing to do; it is the smart thing to do. Failure to respond may result in countless lives lost and lead to a future resurgence of Covid-19 in fragile and conflict-affected countries. … [Read more...] about Pregnancy doesn’t stop during a pandemic. Neither do human rights.