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April 04 2020

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: Restrictions tighten

"From the city lockdown to the community lockup, restriction on our activities has become stricter and stricter, and we are deprived of our power little by little."

April 03 2020

Mozambique and Cape Verde's telcos offer affordable mobile internet as citizens urged to stay home

Cape Verdeans mobile users will have 2 MB of free data on the next 30 days, while Mozambicans could purchase up to 5 GB for 1.50 USD.

As Japan's COVID-19 cases jump 4-fold, Abe government launches response

Although Japan seemed to have largely contained COVID-19 in February and early March, confirmed cases nearly quadrupled since March 23.

As Russia goes into lockdown, feminists fear an ‘epidemic of domestic violence’

Russia is seized by fear of the coronavirus epidemic. But for some Russian women under lockdown, the priority is to survive the epidemic of domestic violence.

Lockdown in Colombia will affect the right to abortion, says human rights lawyer

"Lockdown exceptions must explicitly include services that make it possible to maintain and guarantee access to sexual and reproductive health," says Selene Soto.

April 02 2020

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

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. 

April Fool’s Day, COVID-19 and Trinidad and Tobago’s ‘recalcitrant minority’

Who would ever have predicted that a speech made on April 1, 1958, would reverberate in April 1, 2020 through a speech made by another leader in the same political party?

Guyana: Timeline of an election impasse

The results of Guyana's 2020 general election have now been delayed by a month. Here's a quick look at what has happened over the time period.

Healthcare workers attacked as fears about coronavirus take hold of India

In India, medical professionals including doctors and nurses have been stigmatised and came under attack for their work with Coronavirus patients, especially during a 21-day nationwide lockdown.

April 01 2020

The most critical lesson we've learned from the COVID-19 outbreak is the importance of free speech

As COVID-19 continues to spread, there is pressure in Hong Kong to silence discussion of the disease and punish doctors who are raising the alarm about its origins.

A king’s belief in herbal remedies to cure COVID-19 butts up against science in Nigeria

This Nigerian king believes that natural herbs can cure COVID-19. But making unverified claims via Twitter to thousands of followers can be misleading — and dangerous — to the public.

COVID-19 makes first victims in Afghanistan

Afghanistan registers its first cases - including deadly ones - of COVID-19.

Fans and colleagues pay respects to late Italian comics author Giovanni Romanini

Romanini was acclaimed as a life-long collaborator of the late comics legend Magnus.

March 31 2020

An Angolan isolation centre for those repatriated lacks screening, space, and even toilet paper

"We were crowded and there was nobody to give us information or establish any control procedures. They only measured our temperature on arrival, nothing more."

Belarusian women turn to self-defence in battle against domestic violence

With domestic violence rates in Belarus among the highest in Europe and few legal protections, some women are turning to self-defence classes.

Great Barrier Reef mass bleaching threatens world heritage icon

"...there is also the most widespread bleaching event in the Great Barrier Reef. Put a fork in us. We're done."

March 30 2020

Moldova's meme heroes promote solidarity with Eurosong spoof amid COVID-19 crisis

Titled "Mom, stay home," the spoof encourages citizens to follow the prevention recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO) while also sending positive energy to the elderly.

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: When human are turned into objects

"It is all about control. We need to deprive their power... and turned them into objects."

Cambodian garment workers strike over unpaid wages amid COVID-19 outbreak

"We cannot let the employers give excuses to delay paying workers’ wages, because workers are in debt and they cannot make an excuse to delay their expenses."

COVID-19 pandemic adversely affects digital rights in the Balkans

Digital rights NGOs warn about increase of cases of violation of privacy of people under quarantine, spread of disinformation and internet scams in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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